Inspiring Deck Ideas for Your Backyard

If you are designing a new home or renovating an existing house, adding a deck is a great place to start. Decks not only allow the perfect outdoor space to relax, enjoy a view, and entertain guests, but they can be very affordable too. You can choose from a range of deck designs, railing styles, paints, and stains. If you’re ready to start a deck project, we have a breakdown of the deck ideas and materials you will need to transform the exterior of your home.

AZEK, Fiberon, TimberTech, and Trex are composite decking brands with a beautiful, natural-wood appearance. Composite decks are typically made of sawdust or fine wood particles and recycled plastics. These brands hold up to the effects of weather and wear better than wood. That’s because wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay, and insects, and have a shorter lifespan. However, composite and polymer decks are durable, easy to maintain, and last longer than real wood. All you have to do is give it a quick soap and water cleaning on occasion.

Deck Designs

Composite deck materials also come in a variety of color choices to match your style. Friel Lumber carries a variety of decking materials for composite or real wood decks. Before getting into the specific details, it’s great to look at inspiration to help you determine the overall look you are going for. This can help to narrow down the materials and determine the costs. Take a look at some of these different deck styles below to help you decide what you are looking for.

Multi-Level Deck

Multi-Level decks offer functionality and space. Homeowners can have one level for dining, another level in the shade, and a third level positioned to soak up the sun or entertain guests. It is great for large backyards and homeowners who love to entertain.

AZEK decking material was used to build this multi-level deck.

Leisure Deck

Ground level leisure decks are a great way to add livability to your backyard. This deck style is perfect for barbecues and entertaining, and it’s all on a lovely flat, level surface that is easy to clean. Here, built-in benches help define the deck perimeter.

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Wrap-Around Deck/Porch

Wrap-around porches offer range and versatility, all beneath the comfort of a roof. Homeowners can sit at the front to watch street-side or waterfront views, or gather on the side for privacy.

Timbertech decking material was used to build this wrap-around deck.

Platform Deck

A platform deck involves a relatively simple design; therefore the whole project can be completed in a matter of days. Railings aren’t necessary, and the maintenance is a breeze.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of adding railings to your new deck. You can choose from various styles, designs, and materials. Also, you may choose to mix materials, like wood and cable, or wire and PVC. And, some materials may be better than others if you prefer an unobstructed view. Whatever material or design you select, remember to work with your deck’s existing style. Or, you can skip railings altogether in some instances.

Railings are often necessary for certain deck styles, such as raised decks. It is important to know railing codes. Friel Lumber carries various railing brands including composite, cable, wood, metal, vinyl, and PVC railing. We only carry quality brands.

If you are looking to add or redo an existing deck, Friel Lumber has all the materials and deck ideas you need for the job. Contact Friel today to learn more about how we can help you complete your project.

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