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Types of Home Decks

Kevin Marshall
September 18, 2020

There are many types of home decks, possibly some that you would never have considered being a deck at all. Here are a few different decks for you to consider when designing your yard, building new construction, or renovating your current structure.

Multilevel Decks

These sprawling showpieces are beautiful, functional, and expand your outdoor living space tremendously. They are often constructed on a hillside, with each deck stopping down a bit toward the yard below. You can even install a Hot tub in these decks and areas for entertaining and even outdoor kitchens. You have a lot of options with a multilevel deck.

Island Decks

Island decks are detached from the home. They are built in the hard and provide an even surface to put outdoor furniture on. They are only limited in size by the size of your yard and the location of any trees.

Wraparound Decks

Wraparound decks "wraparound" your home on multiple sides. They can be porches (under the home's roofline) or open air. They often provide multiple entryways to your home.

Curved Decks

Decks can be built in any shape, including circular, kidney-shaped, waves around the edges, etc. Decks do not have to be straight, and they can curve to fit your aesthetics and property type. Many pool decks are curved to conform to the shape of the pool.

Rooftop Decks

Rooftop decks are often constructed on top of an attached garage, giving the second floor of your home access to the great outdoors. In urban settings, rooftop decks are the building’s roofs, with stairs from the structure’s interior. Rooftop decks provide a fabulous view of your surroundings.

Outdoor Dining Decks

Outdoor dining areas are large decks, often with a pergola (open-frame roof), that can be outfitted with everything you need to eat and prepare a meal. These simple structures allow you to take the party outside, with room for large dining tables, a grill, and an outdoor sink.

Entryway Decks

Unlike a porch, an entryway deck provides a platform at your front door to add special touches like planers, rocking chairs, or other seating types.

Pool Decks

Of course, to have a pool deck, you need a pool. Pool decks can surround either aboveground or in-ground pools, and may or may not be attached to the house. Pool decks can also be used to cover outdoor hot tubs.

Open-air Porches

Open-air porches are no longer as popular as they once were. Usually situated at the front of a home, an open-air patio is a deck under its roofline. They used to serve as a respite from the heat indoors, but that is no longer necessary in the age of air conditioning. Still, an open-air porch at the front of your home provides an air of stately elegance.

Screened-in Porches

Screened-in porches tend to be much larger than open-air patios. They are usually located at the home’s back or side and situated under the house’s roofline. In addition to pillars and railings, a screened-in porch has screens or windows with screens to keep the bugs and weather out.

In addition to the assortment of deck types, there are various home deck patterns and colors that you can choose from. The possibilities are endless when constructing a deck to enhance your property's value and livability. Let your imagination go wild.