Sacramento Deck Installation

by Jon Nunan

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The warm (and sometimes downright hot) temperatures of California's upper Central Valley are an excellent catalyst for bringing families, friends, and neighbors outside to enjoy some open air entertaining. If you're looking for a project to bring the people you care about together with the outdoors in Sacramento, deck installation is something that should easily fit the bill. There is, however, a fine line between good and great when it comes to deck installation in Sacramento. The best path to a good deck is paved with the right materials, the proper planning, and a bit of your own individuality; if your Sacramento Valley property is begging for a deck, here are a few things to consider.

Professional Sacramento Deck Installation
While certainly a viable do-it-yourself project, most modern homeowners have neither the time nor the energy after a long work week to construct their own decks. Lucky for us, there are quite a few companies in California (and all over the country, for that matter) who specialize in deck installation. Sacramento homeowners who opt for professional installation won't just be saving themselves some time and effort; in fact, the benefits of hiring professional Sacramento deck builders are plentiful enough that most homeowners are happy to pay a little extra.

Professional Sacramento deck installation is going to give you optimal results in the least amount of time, but it can also lengthen the life of your deck. Decks are one of the most exposed pieces of the home, which means that whatever Mother Nature dishes out will eventually end up on them. By hiring a professional deck builder who is familiar with the challenges of Sacramento's climate, you're actually giving your new installation a better chance of weathering these conditions with grace. Doing research on your own is never a bad idea, and it will help you better discuss your options with your contractor, but what is true of a specific material in one area of the country might not be as true in another area. Having an experienced Sacramento deck builder to consult with is a good idea even if you do plan on building your own deck!

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Planning a Sacramento Deck Installation
Since Sacramento Valley summers can get uncommonly hot, one of the first things to consider when installing a deck in Sacramento is how to keep cool. A cooler full of cold drinks can do wonders when the sun's shining its brightest, but a bit of shade is always a welcome addition, as well. Canopies, awnings, and a small refrigerator can each play their part, but like any other space in your home, if your floor plan isn't up to snuff, they might not do as much good as they could. Make sure to have a good idea of what you want from your deck before you begin your project. It is often helpful to look in magazines and online to find pictures of what others have done. Bringing pictures with you when you consult with your contractor doesn't always lead to an exact duplicate of your own, but it will give you and your contractor a better idea of what you want. Pictures also give you a place to start making adjustments to your design if some of the features in the picture are too expensive or not feasible for other reasons.

Sacramento Deck Installation Prices
Nationally, the average cost for building a deck is somewhere in the neighborhood of $7,500. In Sacramento, deck installation can cost as little as $2,000 or as much as $15,000, depending on its size, the materials used to construct it, and how involved the project is. The company you choose will also play a role in how much a particular deck will cost to build, so make sure you talk to several different contractors about your project and get estimates from each.

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Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.