Second Story Decks
Second Story Decks are possible with a reliable contractor. Have you ever seen a second story deck on a house? I love them because they put you up in the tree line so you sort of get the feeling of being in a tree house, only more comfortable. The photos here are of a second floor deck with tile that we built for a home owner in Mount Juliet, TN. They happen to be a repeat customer. We have also completed some interior remodeling projects as well as other exterior renovations. Their master bedroom and bathroom are amazing now, but I think the most important project we completed was reconfiguring their front entry way. It used to have narrow winding brick steps that were super dangerous. I will tell you more about that project in another post. But for now, let's get back to the upper deck we completed. They had us add a fireplace and a built in box for a t.v. It turned out to be a super inviting space that they can use year round. What do you think? Do you like it? Leave a quick comment on our Facebook pageand remember to find some fun in your day.
Did you notice the deck material choices they went with? Have you noticed how many decking material options there are in today's market? You can have your deck built with all wood or have it framed in wood and then topped with a composite product like Trex Decking. There are other composite companies such as Timber Tech, Correct Deck and Veranda. Composites are basically made of wood fibers combined with some recycled plastics. The upside of composite decking is that it is extremely weather resistant. In Tennessee, composite decks can handle all of the seasonal weather that gets thrown it's way. Composite decking is resistant to warping and staining and for sure won't splinter, rot or split.
Don't confuse composite decks with those made of plastic lumber. Plastic lumber is made of 100% plastic. The plastic is a combination of recycled and/or virgin plastic and like composite decks, they will resist staining and decay, of course they also won't splinter, rot or split.
Not everyone is a fan of having a plastic based deck installed at their home. As you can see in the photos of this deck built by TN General Contracting firm English Home Improvements, a deck can be created using tile. Tile selection has grown exponentially in the past few years. This home owner choose a tile that resembles wood but which won't splinter, decay or rot. Don't you think it is beautiful? Can you picture squirrels and birds playing as you relax at eye level with them? That is a great benefit of a second story deck.
Our deck at home is made of wood. It is a few years old now and is starting to show some signs of aging and warping. We are thinking about putting some Trex composite decking on top of it. Instead of traditional deck railings, we opted to build benches. That way, when we sit on our back deck to watch sunset, there is nothing impeding our view. Maybe I will take some photos and write a quick article on that soon, maybe tonight at sunset ;-) Of course, ours is not a second story deck, not having railings on a high deck would be dangerous.
Personally, I am a fan of natural things, so a wood deck was a no brainer choice. Ours is simply built from pressure treated wood, explaining why it is starting to warp and stuff. Preassure treated deck lumber is usually milled from yellow pine so it is not very dimensionally stable, explaing why it tends to crack, splinter, split and quickly warp. We roll on a sealer every couple of years and pressure wash it when it starts to get funky. There are other woods to choose from besides PT. If your pockets are deep enough, you can have a stunning redwood or red cedar deck. They are prized not only for their natural beauty and color but for thier natural resistance to damage from rot, decay, weather and pests. I dream of having a large, natural and beautiful rambling redwood deck some day. I imagine sunsets would be even more stunning while basking on such a deck. But at nearly three times the price of pressure treated lumber, I will leave the redwoods for alone for now. And, for the same reason, incredible expense in my neck of the woods, I won't be using any tropical hardwoods or other imported exotic woods.
If you would like information on having a quality deck built by a reliable deck builder, you can easily reach us by texting or calling 615-746-0990. We build decks using 6 x 6 posts for long lasting support and can top it with what ever decking material that you choose. Don't forget you will need to choose railing styles and materials as well. But, no worries, we are here to help you make all of those decisions. We know that we build decks every day, but the chances are that you don't. Did you know that you should never attach a deck directly to your house? It is super true. Attaching a deck directly to a house leaves an opportunity for termites and other pests to wreak havoc. Even on a second story deck. If you ever get a deck estimate from another company, ask them what their process is. If they want to attach a deck onto your house, bid them farewell and give us a call. We know better! If you have any questions, reach out to us at 615-746-0990. We are just here to help as my grandfather was known to say. And on that note, I think I will go play in my ultimate "She Shack" aka my soap shack where my front porch is also made of wood! If you too are into natural soaps, deodorants and stuff, check out at www.ParkBenchNaturals.com and you will be able to tell that I do indeed like all things natural. Have a great day friends!