9 Types of Decks: Selecting the Best Deck Type for Your Home

One of the best ways to create a serene outdoor living space to entertain and relax is by building a deck. But with so many options out there, how do you know which types of decks would best suit your home? From wraparound to attached and multi-level decks, here are the structures that will transform your yard.

9 Types of Decks to Consider

If you have a large yard, one of the best places to entertain and relax is on a gorgeous deck. Even though there are many different types of decks, it’s important to note that each type will add functionality to your outdoor space. 

The placement and location of the deck can have a crucial impact on its size, material, height, and additional features. Here are some of the most common types of decks to consider and why they might work for your home and needs.

Wraparound Deck

A wraparound deck is connected to at least two sides of your home, creating an expansive outdoor area. Most wraparound decks also feature railing and are slightly elevated to meet the height of your home.

If your home has stunning views that you want to enjoy from multiple points – a wrap-around deck might be the perfect choice. In addition to adding to the viewpoints and increasing your home’s value, these decks can also add or enhance the entry points to your home. However, given their (typically) large size, wraparound decks often come with a higher price tag compared to some other types of decks.

Multi-Level Deck

A popular deck style for uneven yards, and properties with hills or slopes, multi-level decks contain more than level and are connected with steps. This deck design allows you to have multiple sizes of decks, all fitting your home’s unique needs. 

Multi-level decks can incorporate different design styles, including attached and detached. They add dimension and visual appeal to your home while creating an outdoor space that might not be available on the ground.

Attached Deck

An attached deck is an incredibly sturdy structure as it connects to your home’s framing. This type of deck is usually raised off the ground to match your home’s level, just like a wraparound deck.

Depending on your style and preference, you can choose to access the deck with sliding doors, French doors, or just standard exterior doors. Often, homeowners choose to have their attached deck connected to their living room, kitchen, dining room, or primary bedroom.

Detached/Floating Deck

If you want to build a deck that creates space between your home and outdoor space, a detached deck is for you. These decks are structurally separate from your house and not connected to the framing in any way. Also known as floating decks, island decks, or platform decks, they are a great choice for homes with large backyards, unique views, or uneven terrains. 

Swimming Pool Deck

Adding a deck next to your swimming pool, hot tub, or spa will extend your space and be the perfect place to work on your tan. For a more cohesive look, you can build a deck around in-ground or above-ground pools or hot tubs and create a spa experience.

When building a swimming pool deck, you have to meet local safety codes, which could require you to have a fence or gate around the pool. As these decks are near water, you should opt for slip-resistant and low-maintenance material options. You can go for a composite deck, which is incredibly durable or add sealant to a wood deck. 

  • Rooftop or Over-Garage Deck

Rooftop decks are no longer reserved for hotels or apartments as they can make an excellent addition to a home. If you have a flat roof on your home or garage, a rooftop deck could create the perfect outdoor living area, especially in a smaller yard.

Since it’s an elevated deck, it will give you not only a unique vantage point and a great view but privacy as well. Depending on your hobbies and affinities, you can turn your rooftop deck into a garden, lounge, or even reading space. 

Entryway Deck

An entryway deck can extend your outdoor living space toward the street. Instead of a front porch, an entryway deck can give you a beautiful front view and allow you to stay connected to your neighbourhood. When building an entryway deck, it’s important to maintain the style and structure of your home. Ideally, the front of your home and your deck should create a cohesive look and blend seamlessly. 

Side Deck

Unlike an entryway deck, which typically sits at the front of your home, a side deck (as the name implies), sits on the side of your home. This deck type tends to be smaller compared to other types, but it can still be incredibly functional. You can use it for reading, gardening, grilling, entertaining, or relaxing. 

One of the biggest benefits of having a side deck is that it offers seclusion, which can be the perfect spot to put a hot tub, sauna, or a small spa. What’s more, these decks often cost less to build than backyard decks while still expanding your usable outdoor space.

Custom Deck

A custom outdoor deck is personalized to your property to meet the specific needs of your home. Often combining two or more types of decks, it is the perfect space to grill, entertain, or relax in. While your custom deck should fit your aesthetic and your space, some common features include an outdoor kitchen, benches, outdoor heaters, pergolas, stairs, railings, and pathways.

Choosing the Best Types of Decks for Your Home

Given just how many types of decks there are, you might be finding it difficult to figure out which one would work best for your home. If you’re looking for the best option but are unsure where to start, get in touch with us today! At YYC Builders, our team of builders and designers can help you create the perfect outdoor living space. We will work closely with you to understand your vision, needs, and preferences. Then, we will craft a design to perfectly complement your home’s architecture and landscape.

Call YYC Builders today and start building the deck of your dreams!