Decks Galore – Is a Multi-Level Deck a Good Solution for my Home?

Are you considering a deck replacement and sifting through the options that might make sense for your family? Deck failure is a large safety concern regardless of the age of one’s home and if built poorly or if there’s a load bearing capacity that is ignored, there are serious consequences. However, depending on your topography and outdoor entertaining desires, a multi-level deck could be a fantastic solution for your home.

When a multi-level deck might be right for you:

  • If you’re seeking a low-maintenance yard option that includes a deck, a multi-level version may be ideal because you can create different entertainment spaces without costly landscaping design or significant lawn maintenance.
  • When you want to create useful space below the deck that can be utilized if planned in advance.
  • If you’re looking for a cool design, different from the average deck.
  • If you’d like to have a separate space for cooking, entertaining, seating, etc. this could make sense for you.
  • If you’d like to have two different deck areas, one covered in case of poor weather and one open to the elements.
  • If you have a sloping lot and want to make the most of the area, a multi-level deck could be a great use of space and limit the number of stairs needed to get to the bottom.

When you should think twice:

  • If you like a multi-level design with one deck directly above another, but don’t intend to create a covered area below, the lower deck will be regularly abused with water, goop, dirt and pine needles.
  • If you have a short lot that doesn’t allow for a multi-level deck easily, you may need to use a spiral staircase to tie two spaces together, or you could end up with too small a space for what you intended.
  • If you’re on a limited budget, creating a quality multi-level deck is going to cost more than a traditional one-story version in terms of materials and labor.
  • If you intend to do this yourself, a multi-level design may prove to be a much larger and more complicated project than you had planned requiring engineering, additional knowledge, and a team of skilled workers.

In general, decks are a great opportunity to bring interest and excitement to your home. They should complement your home’s style and offer an opportunity to make the most of our sunny days.¬†One last tip we may offer is that we find many of our clients are seeking an attractive, but low maintenance outdoor living space. While no material is maintenance-free, our recommendation to those clients is to use a composite material with a picket, glass or cable railing. Cedar or Ipe decks, while beautiful and pest-resistant in our area, require regular maintenance.

If you’re ready to talk about a new deck, contact us today!

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