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Have you given much thought to spicing up your Sacramento backyard living space? You may be drawing a blank when it comes to landscaping but if you’ve got a pool (or plans to put one in) then you have an unique opportunity to do something really unique with your outdoor space. A pool deck, whether it’s an above ground pool deck or  in ground pool deck, can be the perfect addition to your backyard and can act as the centerpiece for future plans and landscape designs.

Materials play a big part in the success of your Sacramento swimming pool installation and deck construction. The materials will vary depending on whether you opt for an in-ground or above-ground pool. Custom pavers, cut stone, concrete, traditional wood – these are all option open to you and you’ll have to take time to compare things like safety, cost, durability and maintenance when you’re reviewing materials for your deck.

Before you jump on a specific design for your pool deck, understand that not all deck projects are created equal. There are a few things you should consider first:

First: You need to think about the space you have available. While some of the designs you’ll find in trade magazines and online galleries look attractive, you have to stay practical and work within the confines of your property. You don’t want to lose your entire yard to a pool and an extravagant deck. Pick a design that makes the most sense for you and your home.

Number two; Think about the look and style of the pool deck that you want. If you have an architecturally retro home (like an old Victorian) a very modern deck may not be the best fit. Do you need a natural stone look, an antiquated wooden style, a darker wood, a multilevel deck with lighter woods to accent garden pots? When you think about the style, consider the color, texture and pattern of the wood you choose and what it will look like once it starts to age.

Choosing the materials for the job is one of the most challenging decisions you’ll make in the entire process of building out your outdoor living space. Most homeowners struggle with this simply because they haven’t been exposed regularly to these types of materials. You’ll have to deal with questions of maintenance, longevity, the amount of materials and the cost. The info can be a bit overwhelming.

For homeowners working with a concrete contractor, they can simplify the process by helping you matching designs with the layout of your property and your home. Most importantly, they’ll help you find a custom deck system that will increase the value of your home – something that’s hard to do when you build a custom pool deck on your own. A well designed outdoor space or pool deck, whether above or below ground, can return its value to the homeowner when the property is sold making it a sound investment every time.

A swimming pool deck is largely a matter of preference. Whether you are having one installed to enjoy what the aesthetic design adds to your backyard or you want something fully functional for entertaining, grilling and more there is a lot of versatility. A concrete contractor can help pull the design from your mind and put it to blueprint – giving you the opportunity to make your home stand out above the others in your neighborhood.Whether it’s built for aesthetic appeal alone or you need something that’s built for entertainment and lavish comfort, the variety that can be had in a pool deck is as endless as the creativity of you and your general contractor. Your deck will be more than just another hard surface in your back yard – this is an opportunity to make your home stand out above the rest while giving something you and your family can enjoy for years to come.