After the winter we just had, most of us can’t seem to get enough time outside. Adding a deck to your home is a great way to make the most of the good weather. According to, the demand for decks is steadily rising. If you’re thinking about getting a new deck, here are a few things to consider:

Deck Use

Before you meet with your contractor, think about how you’ll use your deck. Some of the most common uses include:

  • Grilling

  • Dining

  • Entertaining

  • Container gardening

  • Pool or spa entrance/surround

Deck Style and Shape

“When it comes to building a custom deck, you are only limited by your budget and imagination,” explains Alyssa Mendez, project manager at Cormack Construction. “We’ve built everything from classic-style decks, to more intricate designs including multiple levels, complex shapes, and built-in seating,” she adds.

If you look closely at this multi-level deck, you’ll see how the Cormack team used a little ingenuity to build around this shade-bearing tree.


The best location for your deck is frequently dictated by your lot size and landscape. However, if you’re lucky enough to have more than one location choice, be sure to consider the following:

  • Sun and shade exposure

  • Privacy (proximity to street or neighbors)

  • View

  • Access (If you’re using your deck for entertaining, you’ll want it as close to the kitchen as possible.)

Decking Material

Today, there are two main deck material options: wood and composite boards (a mix of wood fibers and plastic). Nothing quite beats the beauty of natural wood. Although many wood species are less expensive than composite, they do require more maintenance to prevent drying, cracking, and splintering. Composite decking material has come a long way and because it requires little maintenance, it continues to grow in popularity.

“At Cormack, many of our decks are built with Ipe wood,” Mendez says, pointing out that this Brazilian hardwood is known for its beauty and natural resistance to rot and decay.  “It costs more than other woods—about the same as composite board—but it’s guaranteed for 20 years without preservatives,” she adds.

Quality Deck Builders in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western Maine

Thinking about building a deck this year? Contact the experienced craftsmen at Cormack Construction. We will build a beautiful, quality deck that will complement your home and allow you to enjoy the outdoors for years to come.

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