Build Atlanta's Most Enviable Deck (Sponsored)

Warm temperatures, blue skies and sunny days are luring you outside. Transform your outdoor living space with a new deck and smart, stylish ideas to complete the space. A great deck can capture a view, create a comfortable outdoor retreat and add a feeling of spaciousness to your home—blurring the boundaries between inside and out.

Building the perfect deck takes careful consideration to ensure the new deck's style and maintenance matches with your home and lifestyle. Take these expert tips from The Home Depot into consideration to build a space your neighbors will envy:

Familiarize yourself with the options:

In Atlanta, decks are typically made of pressure-treated lumber or composite decking. What's the difference between pressure-treated lumber and composite decking? It's mostly about initial expense and ongoing maintenance.

    -Pressure-treated lumber decks are extremely popular in Atlanta. Pressure-treated decking has a lower initial cost than composite decking. It's protected from rot, decay and termites – and can be updated with new stains, but will require some annual maintenance.

    -Composite decking is long on life span and short on fuss. These man-made decking boards never splinter, rot or need staining. Composite decking comes in a range of color choices, and with the addition of polyethylene caps, your deck will never fade in color or stain. While the initial investment is higher, the reduced maintenance offsets that cost in as little as five years.

Choose the right material for Atlanta: Atlanta is one of The Home Depot's most popular U.S. markets for pressure-treated WeatherShield lumber. If you'd prefer a lower maintenance option,Veranda and Veranda Armor Guard composite decking offer longevity and a 20-year warranty that protects against color fade and stain.

Work with your yard's topography: In Atlanta, raised backyards and second-story decks are common because of the region's hilly landscape. A second-story deck and walk-out basement below simultaneously create two outdoor living environments. Keep in mind local regulations require railing for a deck that is higher than 24 inches above the ground.

Accessorize to personalize: Railing is the easiest, least expensive way to make your deck stand out. Trending combinations of deck and railings include wood with glass, composite with aluminum and wood with metal. These options and especially black metal balusters keep the eye looking at your view versus just the decking.

Consider lighting: Lighting is an easy-to-install improvement to an existing or new deck. By drilling a hole in the deck boards, you can illuminate the outdoor living space from the bottom with LED or low-voltage lights. Adding solar postcaps is a quick DIY weekend project.

Maximize the space: A new deck means a new space to decorate and make functional. Focus on three things to create the space: plants, furniture and accessories. Start by bringing in the greenery—plants just bring everything together indoors and outdoors. Add functionality with a dining table and grill to turn the deck into a second kitchen and entertaining area. Finish with small design touches to make your deck feel like a room –try an indoor/outdoor rug, throw pillows and lanterns.

Whether you're planning to build a new deck or the deck you have is in need of maintenance, visit The Home Depot's online decking tool to get inspired, learn more and get an estimate for products in your zip code. Talk with an associate at your local Home Depot store to get started today.

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