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During the warmer months of the year, the idea of building a new deck as a home improvement project becomes very popular. While building a deck can seem like an overwhelming project, assistance is available to help you design and create the outdoor space of your dreams. Here are 3 things to know before building a new deck:

1. There are 5 important things to consider during the planning phase. “I urge our customers to consider deck size, color and material choice, railing style, hidden vs. exposed deck fasteners, and budget,” explained Jim Becker, Assistant Manager at Alexander Lumber Crystal Lake. “There are many terrific options for composite decking and railings. You can choose the colors and style that coordinate well with your home’s exterior, and create an outdoor space that perfectly suits your lifestyle.”

2. While Alexander Lumber can provide the wood for building a new deck, Becker recommends using composite decking. “A wood deck may have lower initial costs, but it requires regular maintenance and may not last as long,” he said. “Composite decking is engineered to be lower maintenance and long-lasting. At Alexander Lumber, we are proud to carry TimberTech® and Trex® composite decking materials.”

3. Customers are encouraged to visit the websites of various decking manufacturers early on in the process. “Most composite decking manufacturers have great websites that can help you narrow down your choices before you step foot in our door,” said Kelly Verseman, inside salesperson at Alexander Lumber. “With so many choices and color combinations, it can be overwhelming to see it all in person. A deck is a substantial investment in your home, so you need to be very happy with your selections.” Verseman is happy to guide you through your decision-making process and to make your vision a reality while staying within your budget.

If you are interested in building a new deck but not the most DIY-saavy, the professionals at Alexander Lumber can certainly recommend local decking contractors to help you with installation. For more information about building a new deck, please contact your nearest Alexander Lumber location.