Are you adding a deck onto your home? According to the experts in exterior and home roof replacements, decks can add a lot of value to your home. Homeowners usually have to choose between a raised or a ground-level deck, but which one will be better for your needs? Here are a few factors worth considering that can help you decide:
Proximity to Your House
You need to start by deciding how far away from your home the deck will be. If you want a deck that’s attached directly to your house, a raised deck is better because it enables you to match the elevation of the deck with your home’s entry door. A detached deck basically acts as its own “island”, so it can afford to be at ground level.
Either type of deck will cost you a lot of time and resources. However, raised decks tend to cost more because having proper supports and a good platform for foot traffic and furniture is essential. Experts in additions and exterior siding say that ground-level decks don’t require these extra components, which means they’re more affordable and easier to build.
Raised decks are versatile in that they can be installed over an area regardless of whether or not the ground is sloped. On the other hand, you’ll need to level the soil before a ground-level deck can be built or you’ll end up with a sloped deck.
Barring a few rare exceptions, raised and ground-level decks are made of very different materials. Exterior and roof inspection experts say that most raised decks use wood, metal or composite for most of its structure. On the other hand, ground-level decks usually feature poured concrete, ceramic tiles or even loose gravel for the main floor area.
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