Many of our Maryland clients ask us “When is the right time to build a new deck?” Most would assume that spring is the best time, but really it’s late fall or winter! If you have been considering building a new deck or remodeling an existing one, keep reading. The experts at Diamond Decks share some valuable insight on why you should hold off on deck installation until the colder months.

Building a New Deck in the Winter

Most would think that when temperatures begin to drop, you take your patio furniture inside and close up shop for the season. But winter is actually the best time to make upgrades to your home. If you’ve considered building a new deck or resurfacing the one you already have, we suggest doing so after peak deck season.

You will want to have the summer, spring, and fall to enjoy your new deck, so if you build it when you’re not using it, your fun won’t be interrupted. Can you think of a better way to kick off the first barbeque of the season than with a custom deck? Other reasons to build a deck in the winter include:

Less impact on your backyard and existing landscape – when the weather cools, plants go dormant and grass freezes, resisting the stress caused by heavy traffic and construction. In Maryland, ground rarely ever freezes enough to where you cannot dig into it. So if everything else is dormant and frozen, you can store decking materials around the project area without having to worry about killing the grass or leaving marks in the landscape.

Better savings – if everyone else is looking to build a new deck in the spring or summer, you can often find better deals and promotions during “off peak” months.

Proper installation – when you build a deck with new wood, it needs time to “settle.” Varying outdoor temperatures can cause wood to expand and contract, which can lead to faulty installation. If you are using pressure treated wood, the wood will dry and stabilize itself better in a cooler, less humid environment.

Maryland Deck Builders

If you live in Ellicott City, Columbia, Annapolis, or surrounding areas in Maryland, contact the expert at Diamond Decks today for a free consultation. Let our design team work with you to build the deck of your dreams. We have been certified by the North American Decking and Railing Association as a Master Deck Builder. So you can rest assured that your new deck will be properly installed and ready for summer fun! Call us today at (443) 688-6072!


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