Finding Inspiration for a New Vinyl Deck
At some point this year you might have taken a look at your vinyl deck and felt less than enthused. So now you’re ready to consider a renovation – but where do you begin? Finding inspiration for your new vinyl deck project can seem like a big challenge, but Tuff Industries has a few tips you can use to make the process move more quickly.
Put Your Vinyl Deck Critic’s Hat On
Whether you’re out for a walk or enjoying time at a friend or family member’s house; pretend you are a vinyl deck critic and take a look at the decks around you. Analyze whether they would suit your home – not just the overall look and feel, but the individual components; the deck surface, railings, awnings, stairs, etc. Make a note of the things you like to check out later when you’re pulling your plans together.
Don’t be shy, either, feel free to ask the homeowner about their deck – they might have specific advice about their project that can help your project run more smoothly.
Check Out Deck-Building Books and Magazines
Head to your local library and check out their home improvement section – likely they’ll have at least a few resources related to deck building. Keep an eye on the publication dates, though, as building requirements change over time. Renovation stores like Home Depot also have a great selection with current ideas that you can browse or buy.
Check Out Online Resources
There are many online resources that can help you discover great vinyl deck designs. Most people are familiar with Pinterest – but what about Houzz? Houzz is a site that’s specific to the building and renovation industry, so you can see thousands of projects by other homeowners (and contractors) and get specific information about the materials used. Put together a project book that you can browse later to pick out the vinyl deck design that you like the best, as well as finding suppliers and contractors in your area that can help make your project a success.
Visit the Tufdek Channel on Houzz to see some of our creations!
Ask a Pro
Nothing beats the value of having a professional vinyl deck builder help you decide on the best course of action for your project. Not only do they have tons of experience building decks, they also have insight into the best materials to use and the best practices to build long-lasting, durable vinyl decks. Do your research first – have a variety of photos ready so the contractor can see what type of deck you are looking for in order to offer the best building advice.