Materials for deck designs are composed of wood, plastic, metal, and wood-plastic composite materials. When it comes to selecting the best material based on immediate cost, plastic is the highest, then composite, and followed by wood. The long-term cost is the complete reverse with wood in the lead, especially if it has been stained; meanwhile, plastic comes in last with the longest life of use in that there is virtually no upkeep. Then there is the matter of color retention, weather resistance, and beauty throughout the years of exterior use. The plastic and composite are known to provide the longest aesthetic appeal. But, the decision between decking material options should always be based on how much the homeowner is willing to invest long term, in time and money for the appearance, function, and safety of their deck.
Certain selections of deck materials are influenced by actual planning of renovation and construction. There are at least 10 discernible blueprints of intended construction and several will be discussed here. On one hand, the attached deck designs are that similar to a patio; they can be a walk out on the ground level, second level, or roof. They can be placed on the flat roofs of garages or on rooftops of sturdy homes on solid foundations with no frame, pest management, or water damage issues. This option offers added privacy for sunbathing and hot tubbing, and it offers great views and fresh air even in congested urban settings. Attached planked patios also come in the form of wrap around decking. They can be found on raised first levels and the second floors of homes; quite like a porch, several rooms exit out onto the same area and are enclosed by some form of railing.
Then there are the multi-level deck designs for larger properties with multiple elevations so they can easily transition from the second floor to the first or ground level, from outdoors or even down into the large backyard, or out to the attached pier. It creates an uncomplicated labyrinth of different decks connected by stairs or walkways. They are often placed in areas of hills, slopes, rocky landscaping, or even natural or man-made water features. On the other hand, detached or island decks can be placed anywhere on a piece of property as long as the ground has been leveled in early construction. Similarly, the semi-detached peninsula design, which is used with a walkway that leads out to a deck, is a great design alternative. The selection is truly dependent upon the yard size and the vision of the homeowner for their own space.