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Building a deck can create a transition that is just right, between your home and your backyard. Choosing the right flooring for your deck is a key part to the overall design. Whether you decide to have a professional build the deck or you do it yourself, proper planning is essential.

The type of deck floors you decide on will not only affect the overall look, it will also affect your budget, construction time and maintenance.

Few decisions are as important as to what type of deck floors you will lay. When deciding what type of deck floors you want, decide what you will use the deck for the most. Will the deck be used as a place for grilling and barbecuing? Or will the deck be used for entertaining friends and family? Or perhaps the deck will be used for a quiet retreat area for reading and lounging? No matter what you decide your deck will be used for, choosing the right deck floor is crucial.

If you choose to use wood for your deck floors, there are several structural parts. The deck floor may also need footers made of concrete that are placed below the frost line if you have freezing winters. If your deck floor will be placed on sandy soil, you will need to put larger footers in place in order to support the deck beams and posts.

If you want to make your deck floors look unique, try using different types of wood. There are quite a few different types of wood that can be used for deck floors. They include Alaskan yellow cedar, redwood, iron wood, white cedar, treated wood, water-repellant wood, foreign wood, as well as wood tiles. Nationally, you can easily find over a 100 different products to use for your deck floors.

Maybe a vintage deck floor is more your style. This can be achieved by using rhino decks or vintage woodwork.

Another option for your deck floors is composite flooring. There are nearly 80 different products that are currently being used for composite flooring. Not all composite flooring contains wood fiber. Polyethylene, or HDPE, is the most common plastic used in composite flooring.

Composite flooring is available in hollow and solid or ribbed profiles. Although the hollow or ribbed is a lot lighter, the solid is easier to finish off the edges with a router or saw. The hollow composite decking must be used with end caps and special trims.

No matter what type of deck floors you chose, picking the right one for your family’s needs is essential. Be sure to keep in mind your budget, time constraints and the amount of maintenance you can keep up with.

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