Benefits of Adding a Screened Deck to Your Home

screened deckIs a screened deck right for your home? If you’re looking for a new indoor/outdoor living space, a screened porch or deck is just one of your options. Here at Structurally Speaking, we can create a custom design just for you. Our goal is to construct the perfect additional living space, based on your family’s specific needs and your home’s design.

Screened Deck Advantages

Adding a screened in porch or deck gives you an additional living space for entertaining and relaxing. You get some additional benefits as well:

  • A screened living space allows you to bring the outdoors in, so you can enjoy your backyard with some protection from the elements.
  • Unlike open decks, a screened in deck is a safer option for young children and pets, since you can keep the door locked.
  • You don’t need to build a new room onto your home. We can add screens to your current deck or porch.
  • With the screens, you are protected from bugs, which is especially helpful on summer evenings when mosquitos can make enjoying your yard unbearable.

Additionally, adding an outdoor space can be a great home improvement investment. According to Remodeling Magazine, you can recoup over 70% of your costs if you add a deck, for example. In other words, the value of your home will increase, so that someday when you sell, you’ll be able to ask a higher price. You will also typically be able to sell your home faster, since buyers often look for an indoor/outdoor space when searching for a home.

Beyond Decks: Other Indoor/Outdoor Space Options

Instead of a screened deck, you may wish to consider a different type of living space that brings the outdoors inside. Each has its own advantages.

First, many homeowners love the versatility of adding a sunroom. A sunroom typically has large windows, but also has heating, cooling, and electricity. You can use this space all year long, even during the coldest parts of winter and hottest parts of summer.

You can also consider a three-season room. Unlike screened porches and decks, these rooms are completely enclosed with glass windows for added protection from the elements. However, these typically don’t have heating and cooling like a true sunroom.

Some homeowners may also want to consider a traditional porch, patio, or deck instead of a screened-in option. You can add on to an existing porch or deck, or we can build one from scratch. These spaces are less versatile than a room with windows or screens, but they are a budget-friendly option.

The Budget for Your New Deck

Speaking of your budget, you might be wondering how much to set aside for your new indoor/outdoor living space. The short answer is: it depends.

At Structurally Speaking, we create a custom design for every homeowner. You’ll start the process with a no-obligation meeting where we discuss your design preferences, along with budget. We think it’s extremely important to start on the same page. We’ll never design a space you can’t afford.

To keep the price in your budget, we can look at the size and complexity of design for your new deck, as well as the materials. We don’t sacrifice quality, but some materials are just naturally less expensive than others. For example, composite decking typically costs more than wood. We’ll also ensure the screen material, roof material, and other materials fit into your budget.

How We Create the Perfect Deck Design

The budget isn’t the only thing we discuss during your initial consultation. This is a meeting you’ll have with Jim, the owner of Structurally Speaking. Jim oversees every deck, porch, and sunroom project from start to finish.

If you have clear deck or porch ideas, Jim can bring life to the picture in your head. However, if you aren’t sure what you want, he can help. He’ll look at your existing deck or porch if you have one, as well as the overall space and design of your home. He will also go over features you can add, such as a hot tub deck, pergola, fire pit, built-in planters, and more. By the end of this meeting, Jim will have a good idea of what will work best for your home and family.

Next, we’ll schedule a design presentation. During this second meeting, Jim will show you drawings of his designs for your space. You can make changes to the deck or porch design at this point, so the final result is exactly what you want.

Once you are completely happy with the design, we’ll start the building process. Jim oversees the team to ensure that his drawings are translated from paper to real life. You don’t have to worry about the deck or porch cost inflating at this point; the price we quoted at the design presentation is the price you get. We don’t give you a surprise bill at the end of the project.

FAQs about Screened Decks

Every screened-in porch or deck is different, but here are a few frequently asked questions about this kind of outdoor living space:

  • Is a screened-in deck heated or cooled?

Typically, no, though it is common to have a ceiling fan. If you want a climate-controlled space, we recommend a sunroom.

  • Can screened decks have a fire pit?

We don’t recommend most fire pits under a roof. However, you can still have a fire feature! There are fire features that are safe under a roof, such as outdoor fireplaces.

  • Does a screened porch or deck add to the square footage of your home?

This area is usually not calculated as square footage if you sell the home, but it is a bonus space that buyers love to see.

Do you have more questions about screened decks or other outdoor living areas? Contact us today! Give us a call at 919-786-4825. We’re happy to answer any of your questions and set up an initial meeting so you can speak to Jim about your deck project.

Hot Tub Deck – Make it a Reality with Structurally Speaking!

Hot Tub DeckA hot tub deck is a growing outdoor living space trend among homeowners. This luxurious home improvement provides many benefits to homeowners. The benefits go far beyond the fact that hot tubs are relaxing and increase your home’s value.

You might be wondering if you can add a hot tub to an existing deck. Or, you might be considering adding one on your new deck plan. There are certainly many factors to consider when creating your very own hot tub deck.

The design ideas are virtually endless. There are so many fun ways to create a unique and custom space for hot tub decks.

At Structurally Speaking, our experienced team can skillfully guide you through the entire process of hot tub deck building… from design to completion. We break down the top four categories of hot tub benefits, dive into all the various variables to consider when building a hot tub deck, and provide some creative and fun ideas to inspire your future design in our blog below.

Ready to start today? Give us a call at 919-786-4825 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Structurally Speaking owner, Jim Brennan.

Benefits of a Hot Tub Deck

Hot tub decks are a hot topic of discussion in the home improvement and outdoor living industries. Both Travel + Leisure and HGTV recently covered them and provide numerous creative design ideas. If you are considering adding one to your house, then it is important to consider all the advantages they provide homeowners.

There are four categories of benefits that a hot tub deck offers homeowners. Those are:

  1. Homeownership benefits
  2. Physical health benefits
  3. Mental health benefits
  4. Social benefits
Homeownership Benefits

One of the biggest advantages to homeowners who choose to build a hot tub deck is that it increases their house’s value. How much value it adds depends on various factors, including the condition of the spa and deck. In some instances it can add to your home’s value up to 50% of the cost.

Another great benefit to homeowners is they create their own private luxurious backyard retreat right at home. They do not feel the need to go out and pamper themselves, because their home feels like a vacation destination.

Physical Health Benefits

There are many physical health benefits to soaking in a spa or hot tub. A few of the top ones include:

  • Creates muscle relaxation
  • Relieves joint pain, like arthritis
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Burns calories
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Restores flexibility
  • Alleviates fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Lessens lower back pain
  • Reduce headaches

Now that you know the numerous physical health benefits, it is important to know regular hot tub soaking also provides several mental health benefits.

Mental Health Benefits

People often focus on their physical health but tend to overlook their mental well-being. However, Psychology Today experts share this way of thought is not good for your overall health, as your mental health is equally, if not more, important. Luckily, regular soaking in a hot tub provides vital mental health benefits. A few of the top mental health benefits include:

  • Decreases anxiety
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances sleep
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Encourages socialization

That last bullet point hints to our final category of benefits, which are social benefits.

Social Benefits

Socialization is imperative not just to our society, but to every individual human. It is how we grow, learn, and connect. Therefore, it is crucial to know that a hot tub or spa deck provides multiple social benefits to homeowners.

First, it is a great space for bonding among couples. Quality time together drives a healthy relationship. Luckily, a hot tub deck provides a place where couples can relax and talk together in nature – without the distractions of electronics or the need to leave home.

Next, it is also the perfect outdoor living space for spending quality family time. Do not forget children love hot tubs just as much as adults! This pediatric site provides some great safety tips and guidelines for hot tubs and children.

Finally, it is the ultimate entertaining space. Your friends will be thrilled to come over to enjoy sipping wine, talking the night away, and relaxing in the hot tub together.

Now that you know the abundant benefits of a hot tub or spa deck, it is time to consider what types of decks are compatible for holding hot tubs.

Compatible Types of Decks for a Hot Tub

There are two aspects to consider when installing a hot tub on a deck.

  1. Do you already have a deck and want to modify it to include a hot tub?
  2. Are you designing a new deck that will include a hot tub?

Both have the potential to include a hot tub, but several factors will impact your finished deck. Those include:

  • Deck design
  • Size of deck
  • Hot tub or spa design
  • Weight of hot tub or spa
  • Deck materials
  • Location of hot tub or spa on deck
  • View from deck
Deck Design

If you already have a deck, then the design will need to be modified to accommodate the hot tub. However, if you are building a new deck you can simply design the deck with the hot tub in mind.

The first question to consider is will the deck be fully recessed, partially recessed, or completely above ground? It might seem easier to step into a fully recessed hot tub or spa, but it can make it trickier to get in and out. A full recessed hot tub often leads to people falling in or slipping. Additionally, hot tubs require a lot of maintenance, so it is beneficial to homeowners to have a partially recessed or completely above ground hot tub or spa. Most professionals recommend that it be at least 17 to 24 inches above the decking.

Below are a few questions that we often ask in our free, no-obligation consultation regarding deck design.

  1. Is your deck, or your future deck, a short deck, raised deck, or multi-leveled deck? These design aspects play a vital role in if, and where, it is possible to place a hot tub on the deck.
  2. Do you have a pool already and are you adding on this hot tub deck as an additional outdoor space?
  3. Would you like the deck or patio door near the hot tub? This is a great idea if you plan to use the hot tub in the cooler months. It means there is less time between being out of the water and back into the heated indoors.

These are only some of the questions to consider when adding a hot tub to your existing or new backyard deck.

Size of Deck

The square foot size of a deck directly impacts if and where you can place a hot tub or spa on your deck. Hot tubs range in size. They can be smaller for two people only or larger to accommodate more than seven people. Everything in between is available so there are numerous options to choose from for homeowners. When discussing building a hot tub deck, the size of the deck is among one of the first things we will need to know.

Hot Tub or Spa Design

Like size, the design and shape of the hot tub or spa plays an instrumental role on where it can be placed on your existing or new deck. There might be limitations on exiting decks to what options of hot tubs will work on that deck. However, on a new deck you can design the deck to accommodate any desired hot tub design.

Weight of Hot Tub or Spa

There are three weight factors to consider when building a hot tub deck.

  1. Actual weight of hot tub or spa.
  2. Weight of water required to fill the hot tub or spa.
  3. Approximate weight of maximum people hot tub or spa fits.

Depending on the size and design of the hot tub or spa, its weight will vary from approximately 600 to 800 pounds. That is the average empty weight. It is important to factor in how much overall weight support is needed; therefore, the weight of the water and occupants must be factored into the equation.

One gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. Depending on the size, the range of how many gallons of water a hot tub holds varies. On average, a hot tub or spa holds anywhere from 300 to 675 gallons of water. This means the weight of water needed to fill a hot tub ranges from 2,502 to 5,629.5 pounds.

Do not forget about factoring in the weight of the people planning to use the hot tub. The average person weighs 181 pounds. Therefore, if you have a two-person hot tub then you need to factor in around 362 pounds. Whereas, if you have a seven-person hot tub then you need to factor in around 1,267 pounds.

When you consider all three of these variables the average loaded weight of a hot tub or spa usually ranges from approximately 3,000 pounds to 8,000 pounds. That is a lot of weight! This means it is imperative to have a deck made of materials that can support that weight.

Deck Materials

If you’re designing a new deck, then it is easier to initially select materials that you know will support the full hot tub or spa weight.

The most common deck materials are:

  • Composite decking
  • Pressure treated lumber
  • Exotic hardwood

Each has pros and cons, especially when considering its use for a hot tub deck. A composite deck tends to be one of the most common choices for its easy maintenance, lower cost, and durability.

During our free, no-obligation consultation we will discuss what decking materials you want to consider and their effectiveness for hot tub decks.

Another material to consider is reinforcement materials. Deck contractors use these materials both for modifying a current deck or building a new deck to support the hot tub weight.

The top four ideas to reinforce your deck are:

  1. Fasteners – adding to the ledger board
  2. Extra joist hangers – installing those and securing with stainless steel deck screws
  3. Beams – adding extras beams at every corner
  4. Concrete slab – adding a reinforcement concrete slab
Location of Hot Tub or Spa on Deck

A deck design also plays a key role in the hot tub placement. First, it should be somewhere that has the structural support for the hot tub or spa. Additionally, it should not be somewhere that people would easily run into the hot tub or fall into the hot tub.

View from Deck

The placement of the hot tub or spa often depends upon the view from the deck. One question to ask yourself is, do you want it against the house for more shade and privacy? Or would you rather place it further out on the deck to capitalize on your view. If you have a secluded backyard that provides a beautiful nature scene among the trees, then you might want to place it where the view is unobstructed.

Hot Tub Deck Design Ideas

One of the best parts about designing a hot tub deck is the many additional add-ons or features available for consideration. Below are some of the most popular design ideas to ponder:

  • Hooks/rack for towels or robes
  • Pergola
  • Privacy fence
  • Lattice fencing with fabric or curtains
  • Bench around hot tub
  • Steps
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Gazebo
  • Bar and seating around hot tub
  • Plants to create backyard oasis
  • Trellis
  • Fire pit
  • Screened-in area to keep bugs away
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Lighting to create ambiance
  • Handrail
  • Outdoor home theater

We are happy to discuss these and any other hot tub deck design ideas you have in a free, no-obligation consultation.

Why Choose Structurally Speaking to Design and Build your Hot Tub Deck?

At Structurally Speaking, we are 100% focused on providing the best possible experience to our clients. From consultation to providing a stunning structure, we will be with you every single step of the way. We provide the following superior services to our clients:

  • Streamlined project management process
  • Excellent customer service
  • Attention to detail in designing and building every project
  • Professional and responsive communication

If you are interested in more than just building a hot tub deck, we also offer the following services listed below.

Build Your Dream Hot Tub Deck Today!

Do not wait any longer to make your dream a reality. Call us today at 919-786-4825 or complete our simple contact form to request a free, no-obligation consultation. We will discuss all aspects of your hot tub deck project during that call or meeting, provide expert advice on the project, and talk about pricing and budget factors. A hot tub deck does not have to be a mere fantasy, at Structurally Speaking we will make it a reality for you!

Deck Builder Near Me – Why Choose Structurally Speaking?

deck builder near meThe new reality 2020 has created involves significantly more outdoor living and gathering among families and friends. Not only does it give everyone fresh air, but allows for everything from social distancing to playing games without breaking anything valuable inside. Outdoor living spaces are at an all-time high in popularity among homeowners this year. Best of all, there are many approaches to create and utilize outdoor living areas. If you’re looking for the best deck builder near me in the Raleigh area, you can end your search right here! Structurally Speaking is ready to help with your project, from design to construction.

One terrific choice for outdoor living spaces is building, or adding onto, a backyard deck. This space is the perfect spot for relaxing, wine with friends, a family fun day, or simply enjoying nature. Fortunately, there are many methods to create the deck of your dreams.

Now that you have found the best deck builder near me – Structurally Speaking – we’ll tell you why you should choose us. We have the experience, customer service, professionalism, and talent to build your dream deck. Call us today at 919-786-4825 to request your free, no-obligation consultation.

Advantages to Outdoor Living Spaces with Decks

Ready to learn about all the amazing benefits of outdoor living spaces? Well, there are four big advantages to building a deck or adding onto an existing one. Those are:

  1. Increased Home Value
  2. Additional Living Space
  3. Safe Outdoor Spot for Entertainment
  4. Amazing Enjoyment of Mother Nature at Home

Increased Home Value

A top priority for every homeowner is maintaining and increasing their home’s value. Adding on a deck and creating a new outdoor living space at home is a great and cost-effective way to add value to your house. Outdoor projects are unlike common indoor home additions in some important ways. Adding on an in-law suite or remodeling a kitchen, are often costly and very time-consuming. Additionally, no one likes having an entire construction crew inside the house making a ton of loud noise and a mess. Outdoor additions are usually quicker and not as hard on your bank account!

According to recent data from Remodeling Magazine, in south Atlantic states a wood deck potentially adds on up to $10,000 to the resale price of a house and an expected 74.8% of costs is recoupable to homeowners. Whereas a composite deck possibly adds up to $13,000 to the house’s resale price and the costs recouped to homeowners are typically 65.3%.

Additional Living Space

Whether you have a growing family or want more room to spread out, adding usable living space to a home is often a smart, useful, and necessary decision. Adding on only indoor living space is a thing of the past, as outdoor living trends continue to grow. Options for decks now include features like outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, and outdoor entertainment centers. Additionally, a sturdy railing and lockable gate can turn a new deck into a great play space for children.

The ideas are virtually endless for deck uses. Here are a few fun ways to utilize a deck:

  • Meals
  • Parties
  • Teen Gathering Spot
  • Relaxing or Napping
  • Reading
  • School or Work
  • Family Game Night
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Movie Night
  • Stargazing
  • Art Projects
  • Vegetable Garden

Safe Outdoor Spot for Entertaining

In today’s world, social distancing is a new fact of life and the ‘new normal.’ This means outdoor gatherings of friends and family are increasing to allow for spreading out and adhering to current state maximum gathering regulations. A deck has quickly become the perfect spot for virtually any type of celebration at home this year. Spreading out chairs in a circle on the deck is a great and popular way to gather now.

While pandemics do not last forever, everything we have learned during them will remain. We have all seen and learned first-hand how great it is to gather outside in mother nature and enjoy one another’s company during these difficult times. So, even after the pandemic ends, your new deck is still a wonderful gathering place that should continue on for all the years you live at your house.

Amazing Enjoyment of Mother Nature at Home

Nothing brings a smile to someone’s face faster than envisioning spending time with family and friends and enjoying our nice Carolina breezes while doing so! Luckily, in North Carolina the weather tends to be enjoyable a large majority of the year. A patio cover or umbrella provide shade from the sun during the summer months and a hot tub or outdoor fireplace provide heat during the colder months.

One of the best qualities of North Carolina weather is our four mild seasons. We might all complain that it seems spring and fall get shorter, but regardless, they are still here. Nothing beats the view of spring flowers or fall leaves. An amazing deck allows you to view all mother nature has to offer every single day of the year! Your scenery changes every single day.

Building Your Dream Deck

At Structurally Speaking, we work with our clients every single step of the way from designing their dream deck to building the deck. Finally, at the completion of building we leave them with a beautiful deck they love and will enjoy for many years! Design is the first, and arguably the most important, step in creating a new deck. This is the step where you bring your dreams to reality with the help of our experienced team.

The four major aspects of designing a deck are:

  • Materials
  • Size
  • Layout
  • Options

During our free, no-obligation consultations we discuss all these items in extensive detail. But here is a quick rundown on what to expect for each item, so you are prepared for the discussion.

Materials

The two most common types of deck building materials are composite decking and wood decking. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Wood decking is cheaper, but composite decking tends to last longer and is easier to maintain. If you choose a wood deck, then you will also need to consider what type of wood and if you plan on staining the wood. The wooden deck will require annual or bi-annual sanding and staining to keep the wood in good condition. A cedar deck is a popular choice for its dimensional stability and beautiful look. If you choose a composite deck, you have many products and types to choose from. A Trex deck is among the most popular composite decking choice. These decks require very little maintenance in addition to periodic washing. A final choice is pavers. Some homeowners choose to place stone pavers over a wood frame for their deck.

Size

It is important to factor in the size of your house and backyard and how you plan to use the deck when considering what size would be best for your needs. If you are planning to use the deck for entertaining, then you will want something larger. However, if you are empty nesters just wanting an outdoor space to read and relax a smaller deck is a great choice. Our professionals can guide you through some of the decisions based on their experience. A deck also needs to be proportional to the size of the home.

Layout

In addition to size, another aspect of design is the layout of the deck. During our initial consultation we will discuss what type of layout you envision on your dream deck. We will need to consider where the door, gate, and stairs will be on the new deck. If you plan on additional options for your deck, then those factor into the layout as well.

Options

A few popular and fun additions that are available for your deck include:

These are only a few of the many deck additions available. The sky really is the limit!

Tips on Maintaining and Cleaning Your New Deck

Now that you have imagined your perfect new deck, it is time to learn how to maintain it and the various ways to clean your deck. The answer to knowing how to maintain and clean your deck depends on if you choose wood or composite decking. Certain chemicals that you may use to keep a wood deck looking new could be harmful to composite decking. Often all you need to clean a composite deck is water, a mild dish detergent, and a softer bristle brush. In contrast, common chemicals used to clean a wood deck include oxygen bleach or powdered oxygen laundry cleaner. Typically, a wood deck needs cleaning regularly to look new. Not cleaning a wood deck regularly can lead to maintenance issues. However, a composite deck requires less regular cleaning and usually you will only need to clean up food or beverage spills.

Why Structurally Speaking is the Best Deck Builder Near Me!

At Structurally Speaking, we operate by, and provide, four core values to every single client. Those are:

  1. Personalized Custom Design
  2. Competitive Pricing
  3. Professional Project Management
  4. Excellent Customer Service

Personalized Custom Design

The first step for every project we work on is a free no-obligation consultation with the owner, Jim Brennan. He listens to your needs and desires for your deck building project. Then, we make recommendations for design based directly on your individual needs. No matter the project – we always provide a custom design to create an outdoor space you absolutely adore.

Competitive Pricing

In our initial consultations we always discuss price, so our clients know exactly what to expect from the beginning. We will discuss your budget and work together to provide you with the design that you want, while keeping within your spending limit. No two projects are ever alike; therefore, there is no one set cost for any deck. Here are some factors that go into determining a new deck price:

  • Excavation Requirements
  • Footings
  • Materials
  • Size
  • Additions
  • Obstructions (For example, a fence)

These are only some of the many variables that contribute to the calculation that a general contractor must use to determine a specific price for a deck installation.

Professional Project Management

From deck design to deck construction, Jim keeps a close eye on every step of each client’s project and job site. It is important to us that we complete every deck installation properly and safely. We are more than just a general contractor or deck building contractor. In fact, we are a team of professionals who will be there every step of the process to ensure you receive the deck you have always wanted.

Excellent Customer Service

Our commitment to our clients is of the utmost importance to us at Structurally Speaking. We treat our clients as if they are family. From communication to providing a top-quality deck, our attention to detail is impeccable. Check out some of our past client reviews to see what people have to say about us and our work.

More Than Merely a Deck Contractor

We offer multiple building services for any type of outdoor living space you can dream of creating.

First, we can build the following types of decks:

  • Wood Deck
  • Composite Deck
  • Two-Story Deck
  • Pool Deck
  • Hot Tub Deck

In addition to deck services, we design and build all of the following outdoor structure projects for clients:

If you are looking for a patio builder or porch contractor, we have you covered!

Design Your Dream Deck Today with Structurally Speaking

Why wait any longer? Stop searching for a deck builder near me and learn first-hand all Structurally Speaking has to offer you. Start today by calling us at 919-786-4825 or filling out our simple contact form. We will walk you through the entire process, discuss your needs, and provide recommendations on the design of your custom deck project in our free, no-obligation consultation. As a top NC deck building company, we are committed to creating an outdoor deck that you and the entire family will love!

In the Raleigh Area – Choose The Best Deck Builders Near Me

deck builders near meNorth Carolina summers are some of the best in the world. From long days to warm air, there is so much to be enjoyed outdoors. So, why waste the whole summer stuck indoors? Make a new deck the center of your family’s outdoor living. If you’re looking for the best deck builders near me then look no further. Structurally Speaking is experienced in designing and building custom decks for Triangle-area residents. In fact, Structurally Speaking has been the Triangle area’s leading deck building contractor for more than a decade. So, get your free, no-obligation quote today. Or, give them a call to see how they can help bring your dream deck to life.

What to Look for in a Deck Contractor

Maybe you have an old deck that is too unsafe or worn out to be enjoyed. Or, maybe your house doesn’t have a deck at all but you’ve always wanted one. Either way, Structurally Speaking has the deck contractors to bring your dream deck to life. Many decks in North Carolina are beginning to show their age. Chances are if your deck is not in great shape, remodeling is out of the question. But the experts at Structurally Speaking can help on every project all the way from deck design to deck construction. 

So, what should you look for in a deck builder? In many ways, the same things you should look for in any contractor. Start by asking friends and neighbors about the experiences they may have had. Next, check out the reviews about a company online. This is one of the great things about our online access today. There is a ton of information just a few clicks away. These reviews will give you a good idea of what to expect. Finally, you should talk to the company on the phone, or better yet, in person. Any good general contractor will earn a lot of trust just in the way they treat you. They should be able to explain every aspect of the project, from design to construction. And they should be able to explain the benefits of all decking options, including wood and composite lumber.

The Best Deck Builders Near Me

From courtesy and respect to expertise, Structurally Speaking has what you’re looking for. They have the best deck builders near me for good reason. It all starts with the right approach. After all, deck building should be fun, not stressful! At least, that’s what Structurally Speaking believes. So, they make the entire process fun and enjoyable. And their highly professional team will leave no detail to chance. Plus, Structurally Speaking is family-owned, so you’ll be supporting a local company. Don’t let some national firm handle such an important project. Trust your local deck builder to get the job done right. You can even check out their gallery of completed projects to get an idea of their capabilities.

They believe that the best recommendations they can get is from other satisfied customers. That’s why they have dedicated a portion of their website to letting customers leave honest reviews. It’s one of the reasons they go above and beyond with each project. They know that customers have a choice when it comes to hiring a contractor. That’s why they strive to earn business from each and every customer. So, check out their many highly-rated reviews to see how they’ve helped other local customers.

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decking is a regular deck that offers a number of benefits over traditional wood decks. Wood decks require a lot of maintenance and our busy lives demand easy-to-care-for materials. Instead of spending time sanding and refinishing a wooden deck, most people prefer to be enjoying a low-maintenance deck. A composite deck uses composite lumber, which is a mixture of wood fiber, plastic and a binding agent. Put together, these materials become stronger, denser, and heavier than ordinary wood. Over the past three decades, this has become a very popular and valuable material for deck building.

Benefits of a composite deck include:

  • Durability—composite decking is designed specifically for maximum durability. Unlike wood, composite decking will not fade, stain, get scratched, or grow mold. Plus, it won’t crack, warp, or produce annoying or painful splinters. That makes it an extremely good choice for families with kids and pets. Because they resist these things, they also last a very long time.
  • Low Maintenance—a wood deck requires a lot of upkeep to remain safe and attractive. A composite deck, on the other hand, does not need most of this same type of maintenance. For instance, composite deck owners do not need to worry about staining, painting, or sanding. All they ever need is the occasional rinse with soap and water. In fact, most composite decks hold their color against fading and staining for up to 25 years.
  • Aesthetics—choose from rich wood grains or saturated colors. These decks come in a range of styles, so they will match your home and your desired look.
  • Sustainability—get the look and feel of wood without the environmental impact. This lumber is made from recycled content, so it is very green and environmentally-friendly.
  • Value—a composite deck can cost more than a wood deck. However, they last much longer. Plus, there are no maintenance costs. So, a composite deck is the more value-conscious choice. In fact, they can pay for themselves in under 10 years.
  • Return on Investment—adding a deck to your home immediately increases the value of your home. When it comes time to sell, you will receive a solid return on your investment.

What is the Right Size Deck for Me?

Your dream deck should be exactly what you want it to be. Maybe you want the look and feel of a traditional wood deck. Or, maybe you’d prefer the ease and sustainability of composite decking. Maybe your family is one that spends a ton of time outdoors, especially when the weather is good. You want to use your deck as the center of your outdoor living space for years to come. No matter what you have in mind, the experts at Structurally Speaking can help build the custom deck of your dreams. Their builders are highly skilled in all materials and installation techniques and tools.

But what size of deck is right for your family? Of course, that depends greatly on what each homeowner wants to get out of their new deck. Luckily, Structurally Speaking has the expertise to help. In fact, they can guide you through the design as well as building every project. Some things to consider when determining the right size include:

  • How many people will you likely entertain on your new deck at one time?
  • What activities will your family use the deck for?
  • Will the deck be an occasional or constant outdoor living area?
  • Is it a place where you will watch the game or movies?
  • Would you like a kitchen, cooking area, or fireplace on your deck?
  • What about a hot tub or pergola? There are many options, such as stairways and built-in seating areas.

Once you have a rough idea of what you will use the deck for, it will make it easier to decide on size. For illustrative purposes, however, a 144 square foot deck comfortably fits a table and chairs for 4-6 people. If you want to up that capacity to 10-12 people, you’ll want to double the space to 288 square feet. For more activities, you’ll want to go even bigger. But Structurally Speaking can help you decide. Another factor is the size and shape of your home. The deck should be in proportion to the size of the home and complement the style and design.

How to Entertain Outdoors

Does your family enjoy outdoor living? Or, maybe you only get to enjoy it a few times a year. Well, why not make the fun last year-round? Most people think of decks only as a place to sit and enjoy the weather. But they can be so much more than that! Check out just a few ways to turn up the fun this summer with a new deck from Structurally Speaking below.

  1. Enjoy your next game night under the stars. Game nights are tons of fun, no matter who’s involved. Plus, it’s a great way for kids and adults alike to bond and make some great memories. Well, how about accomplishing all that while enjoying the sunset and the warm evening air? Your new deck will likely have an outdoor table. After dinner, clear out the dishes and bring on the games. You’ll have endless hours of fun all summer long.
  2. Set up an outdoor movie night for friends, family, and neighbors. What could be better than watching a fun, family movie? Doing it outdoors! With a new deck, this dream is well within reach. All it takes is a projector, which can be had for a couple hundred dollars—or even less. Set up the projector with an old favorite or a new movie and entertain everyone on the block. For a screen, you can either buy one or use a white sheet.
  3. Lounge around in comfortable, creative spaces. The summer is all about relaxation, sun, and fun. A new deck provides all three. Don’t waste the glorious sunshine summer months indoors watching TV. Set up a great lounging space with outdoor couches, chairs, and more. It’ll be the perfect place for everyone in the family to hang out and have fun, together.

Trust the Process

Structurally Speaking uses a three-step process on each and every project:

  1. Initial Consultation—every job includes a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim insists on meeting every client personally to demonstrate his respect and the importance of every client. During the consultation, Jim works to understand your specific goals for your new deck. He will ask a series of questions to help discover your desired look and functional goals. At the same meeting, the Structurally Speaking team will measure, take pictures, and take a physical survey of your yard. They will also discuss your budget and what sort of timeline you are looking at.
  2. Design Presentation—all the planning and talking can be helpful. But even more helpful is actually seeing the project. Luckily, you can, with Structurally Speaking’s sophisticated design software. They use leading technology to render three-dimensional graphics of the possibilities. Plus, they will present at least 2 options based on your desires. So, you will have choices as to which of the options best suits your needs. And every presentation includes a scaled drawing showing all elevations and viewpoints. Have a clear understanding of how the project will look before construction ever begins.
  3. Project Construction—this is where the fun really begins. Structurally Speaking takes a professional approach on every job. And they seek to make it as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for customers. This means being thorough, respectful, and attentive on every project. Best of all, they know that this type of construction can be intrusive. So, they make it a point to minimize this intrusion as much as possible. That way, your family can carry on with its normal, everyday life. Have a homeowner’s association that requires paperwork? They can help with permits, and other required documents.

Schedule Your Design Consultation Today

Structurally Speaking was founded in 2008 with the goal of helping Triangle-area homeowners. When it comes to building local projects, the national companies are there to make a big profit and move on. Local contractors want you to refer them to your friends and family. That’s why Structurally Speaking takes a customer-first approach to each and every project. And Structurally Speaking knows the Triangle area better than any other deck builder. So, they know the types of styles, designs, and materials that work best in the area. In fact, they have many satisfied customers throughout Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, and beyond.

Interested in learning more or even taking the first step? All it takes is filling out their easy-to-use contact form to get things rolling. Just provide your name, contact information, and preferred date and time. They will work to schedule your consultation. Not ready to take the step just yet? Or, maybe you have a question or two before you’re ready? You can also leave a question or comment on the form. They will contact you personally within 48 hours with an answer.

So, give the experts a call at 919-786-4825 to get started on your dream deck today!

The Best Deck Builders Near Me in the Triangle

 

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North Carolina is lucky in that the state doesn’t generally have to deal with extreme cold. Aside from the absolute coldest days of winter and hottest days of summer, the weather is ideal. And when spring is in full bloom, it is the perfect time to re-prioritize outdoor living for your entire family. And what better way for your family to enjoy the weather than on a custom deck that complements your property? A new deck is the centerpiece of an outdoor living space that will keep adults and kids alike entertained all summer long. So, if you’re looking for the best deck builders near me then look no further. Structurally Speaking is the Triangle area’s top deck builder and a leader throughout the entire state. Their friendly experts can help design your dream deck and make sure you’re satisfied. They take a customer-first approach from design all the way through construction to make sure every customer is happy. Structurally Speaking has been the Triangle area’s leading deck building contractor for more than a decade. They can design and build the deck or patio that makes the perfect use of the space on your property. Don’t trust such an important project to a builder with less experience.

The Best Deck Builders Near Me

When someone is planning to buy a new deck, what are the things they should consider? Of course, price is at the top of the list. But quality should also be at the top. And having quality anything comes from hiring an expert. Structurally Speaking can make your dreams come true all year long with their deck design and construction. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy beautiful flowers blooming and renewed landscaping. In summer, a deck is the perfect place for a party or to grill out at in the evening. Even the fall brings crisp air and falling leaves, but sunny days can still be perfect to enjoy your outside spaces.

A good deck builder should build the right deck for your home. That means not pushing any one product but delivering on what you’re looking for. That’s exactly why Structurally Speaking takes a customer-first approach. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of a real wood deck. Perhaps you want the added durability and easy maintenance of a composite deck. No matter what you have in mind, Structurally Speaking can show you the options and even help you choose. Then, they will bring your exact vision to life using only the finest materials and techniques. Whether you know exactly what you want or need some help, the experts at Structurally Speaking can help. Need some inspiration? Check out their gallery to see what they’ve done for other clients.

Perhaps most importantly, a deck builder should make the process fun and enjoyable. After all, the whole point of adding a deck is to enjoy it with your family, right? So, why should the process of making that a reality be so stressful? Structurally Speaking doesn’t believe it has to be. That’s why the best deck builders near me should be process-oriented to ensure that success is repeatable with every project.

A Process that Delivers Results

Remodeling existing decking or building a new one shouldn’t be stressful. In fact, with Structurally Speaking, it can be fun and enjoyable. They use a three-step process that ensures every project comes out perfectly.

  1. Initial Consultation—the first step is a free, no-obligation consultation with owner Jim Brennan. Jim meets every client personally in order to demonstrate how important each and every customer is. During this step, Jim will listen to understand just what you’re looking for. He asks a series of questions to uncover your specific functional and aesthetic goals. Then, their team will take extensive photographs and measurements as well as a physical survey of your yard. Jim will also discuss what you have in mind as far as budget, as that is one of the primary focuses for all customers.
  2. Design Presentation—after the initial consultation, Structurally Speaking will schedule a design presentation. During this important step, they will use leading technology to help you visualize the project. They will also present numerous design options as well as their recommendations, all customized for your home. That way, you can choose the design that you like best. Plus, this presentation includes scaled drawing showing all elevations and viewpoints. This way, you get a very accurate idea of what the project will look like before construction begins.
  3. Project Construction—after the first steps are completed to your satisfaction, construction begins. This is the most exciting part of the process! Right from the beginning, Structurally Speaking will make sure it is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. That includes being thorough, respectful, and attentive throughout the entire project. They minimize intrusion so your family can carry on with your normal, everyday life. Plus, they can help with documents, permits, and other documents required by homeowner associations and local regulations.

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decking uses a mix of wood fiber, plastic, and a binding agent. A composite deck offers many benefits over traditional wood decking, including:

  • Durability—sure, hardwood looks and feels great at first. But composite materials resist fading, staining, scratching, and mold. So, unlike wood, they won’t crack or rot over the lifetime of the deck. Plus, they are insect-proof and splinter-free. This makes them perfect for families with young children and pets.
  • Maintenance—wood also requires constant upkeep. With a composite deck you don’t need to sand, stain, or paint—ever. All you need to do is occasionally use soap and water to clean dirt and debris. So, they last—and look beautiful and new—for decades. Many composites even come with a fade and stain warranty for added peace of mind.
  • Design—composite boards feature wood grain patterns and rich colors. And the options for colors are virtually endless. From deep earth tones to fiery reds and cool greys, these boards can match your exact style. Plus, they pair perfectly with railing and stairs, gates, and more to match for a custom outdoor living area.
  • Sustainability—one of the best aspects of composite is that they look and feel just like real wood. But unlike real wood, they don’t have a detrimental effect on the environment. Composite boards are made from recycled content, including reclaimed wood and recycled plastic from grocery bags.
  • Value—composite decks offer tremendous value. Sometimes, the initial cost of composite decks can be higher than their traditional wood counterparts. However, they more than make up for it in the long run. Factoring in maintenance and upkeep, composite decks offer more value and even pay for themselves in roughly 10 years. They also add to the value of your home, when you decide to sell. The no-maintenance aspect is a huge selling point! Also, decks are becoming a staple on home buyers’ lists of requirements.

Go Big with the Ultimate Luxury

A deck is one of the greatest places to enjoy the outdoors. But what can make a deck even better? By taking it up a notch with a hot tub deck or designing a deck around a pool or water feature.

There aren’t many places more relaxing than a hot tub deck from Structurally Speaking. Hot tubs are like portals to a world of relaxation and tranquility. Just imagine being able to melt away the stress of the day in the comfort of your own deck. Forget about work, nosy neighbors, and recharge as often as you’d like. But, a hot tub deck from Structurally Speaking is more than just a relaxing luxury. Hot tub decks can also provide a big return on investment. In fact, decks provide an average of 76% return on investment. Not to mention the significant health benefits hot tubs can provide. That makes a hot tub deck the perfect choice for many Triangle families.

Love the outdoors but also the convenience of modern life? A 3 season porch lets you enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature without the bugs or weather. Escape into the shade or watch TV while also watching nature.

With so many choices, how do you know which one is right for your home? Let the experts at Structurally Speaking help. They have the experience and the expertise to help guide you in each decision. Just let them know what your purpose is for your deck—entertaining, relaxing, cooking, or more. Then, they will help you pick the right size for your yard and for your plans.

Flexible, Friendly Financing Options

Structurally Speaking is committed to giving Triangle-area residents an outdoor living area that is right for them. But in these uncertain economic times, saving for a project like this can be challenging. Still, there is no better time to enjoy the outdoors then the upcoming season. And when we’re all spending so much more time at home, what better way to pass the time?

Structurally Speaking is here to help. They have worked with many customers on financing options for a new deck or porch. After all, financing is a great way to own a car or home, so why not an addition to your home? Just give them a call or fill out their contact form to ask what options are available. They have years of experience helping other customers. So, they can help you find the right option for you. That way, you can go ahead and start enjoying your deck right away.

The Triangle’s Leading Contractor

There are many companies out there that claim to be the leader in deck building and other home improvements. Often times, these are large, nationwide companies with resources stretched too thin. So, don’t take a chance on some large corporation that doesn’t have the feel for a personal touch. Structurally Speaking knows the Triangle area better than any other deck builder. They know what materials and designs work best in this area. That’s because they have experience to rely on. Founded in 2008, Structurally Speaking has helped many local customers with decks and porches. They have many satisfied customers in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, Apex, Hillsborough, Carrboro, Holly Springs, and beyond. Check out their many highly-rated reviews to see how they’ve helped other local customers.

In that time, they have built a reputation as the area leader. This is in no small part due to their personalized approach to customer service. Their friendly team of experts wants you to have the custom deck of your dreams. So, they focus on the customer—all the way from an initial design through construction. And, after all, it’s a pretty simple concept. Your family is going to enjoy your deck for decades to come. So, it should match your style and offer the improved quality of living you deserve.

So, give them a call today at 919-786-4825 to see how they build the deck of your dreams!