A Guide To Adding a Deck to Your Home

Have you been wanting to add a deck to your home? Our experts at Rob Shea Carpentry LLC look forward to helping you turn your plans into a reality. With winter approaching, you may be tempted to delay planning until spring, thinking that new construction is better done in the summer anyway. Keep reading to learn why you should start preparing now.

Securing a Zoning Permit

As the old saying goes, prepare a sleigh in the summer. In Burlington, Vermont, if you want to add a porch or deck to your home, you need to get a zoning permit. Obtaining it is not as hard as it may seem. You just need to submit an application. Still, all approvals take time. The sooner you apply, the sooner you get the green light to get started with your new deck!

Choosing a Deck Material

While your zoning permit is being processed, you should start choosing a material for your new deck.

One great option is wood, which comes in two varieties:

  • Pressure-treated
  • High-end

Pressure-treated wood contains preservatives that increase durability. High-end wood varieties are cedar and redwood. They tend to be on the more expensive side.

If you have always dreamed about a wood deck but are concerned about wood rot, check out our complete guide to wood rot repairs.

Wood decks need to be stained for protection from the elements, and guess what? Winter is the perfect time for staining because the air isn’t as humid as in the summer. High humidity leads to longer drying time and could even spoil the gloss.

Other durable materials that are highly resistant to rot and wear are composite boards and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Composite boards are a blend of plastic and wood fibers, while PVC is completely synthetic.

Perhaps the most expensive deck is a stone or concrete deck. However, considering it can last for decades, requiring little maintenance, it’s a great investment.

Choosing a Deck Style

Several deck styles exist, such as wrap-around, multi-level, and attached and detached decks.

A wrap-around deck connects two or more sides of your house. A multi-level deck has more than one level connected with steps. Attached decks can be square, rectangle, L-shaped, or U-shaped. If you opt for an attached deck, expert installation is essential because a deck that isn’t properly installed could cause structural damage to your home due to a poor weight balance. Detached decks are not connected to your house. You can enjoy them in your backyard.

Choosing a Contractor

Do you have your new deck in mind? You need a reliable and responsive contractor to bring your vision to life. At Rob Shea Carpentry LLC, we are proud to provide prompt service for deck installations thanks to our Service Division.

If you live in Stowe or Burlington, Vermont, Rob Shea Carpentry LLC is at your service for deck construction. Let’s upgrade the comfort and curb appeal of your home. Contact us today for a consultation!


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