Decks R Us brings you much more than a standard deck. We take the time to educate you on decking materials including treated wood, composite material, Trex, Ipe heartwood, PVC and more.
This knowledge coupled with an ingenious design will make your home a standout in your neighborhood and may earn you a place in your local Home Showcase like some of our clients.
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We can build simple to more sophisticated decks because that's our specialty. You may want to think twice about going with a contractor that doesn't specialize in decks but we believe the figure of speech, "a jack of all trades is a master of none" are pretty good words to follow.
Contractors that build sun rooms, garages, additions and decks don't specialize the way we do. Decks are our passion! With every deck we build, we improve our quality and get more experience.
"These days, we're selling lights on just about every deck we build. I think it's great. I want my customers to spend every possible moment out on their deck. I am happiest when a customer tells me they spend more time on their deck than they do in their living room. So if you are going to be relaxing after dinner on a cool summer night, some accent lighting will make you feel like you're in some mountaintop resort," said John, owner Decks R Us.
Take a look at the lighting options we offer.
"Sometimes I think a gazebo can be a crowning touch on one of our decks," said Decks R Us Proprietor John Stoltzfus. "Not only does it provide a real function, but it also makes the entire outdoor space look like a true outdoor retreat."
Clay Azek Gazebo with
Gray Azek Gazebo
with Tan Vinyl Railing
Pressure Treated Wood
Gazebo with Cupola
with Double Roof
As much as we are excited for our customers' rave reviews of the beauty of our decks, and the awards we've received for how our decks look, we are actually most excited when we hear how much the decks get used. We have a lot to say about all the options for a gazebo.
You may have seen them but weren't exactly sure what they were called. "Think of a pergola as a cousin to the gazebo," said John from Decks R Us. "The difference is, a pergola doesn't have the full roof of a gazebo, and you can't really enclose it with screens. It's just for partial shade or looks. Pergolas are sometimes called arbors or trellises."
"Unlike a gazebo, there isn't as much practicality with a pergola. But man, they look good," said John. Visit our Pergola page for more info.
"Probably about 95 percent of the decks that we build have steps of some sort," said Crew Leader Joe Stoltzfus. "They either lead down to the backyard, out toward the driveway, down to another level or out to a pool."
Steps are another part of the process that needs to be up to building safety standards. Plus, if you have a new beautiful deck, why not make it accessible, too? Thinking that you want to integrate steps into your deck design? Learn more about how we build our steps to perfectly complement your new deck.
Deck benches are a great improvement. Our benches are usually made out of the same materials as the decking. They are all custom made to fit your deck. If you want a small 4' long bench to fit in a corner or a 30' long curved bench that runs all the way along the front of your deck or around an octagon, we can do it.
"Adding deck benches can really add interest to a straightforward deck," said Decorator Hapeman. "Put some thought into where you are placing them. When you work with your deck designer, position your benches on your rough draft so they face your best view. If you know you will be entertaining a lot, then make sure the guests on your built-in benches will be part of the party and not facing the other way."
Check out the Deck Benches page for more info.
If you want to ensure your privacy or intimacy, think about adding a privacy fence. You can add it to any side. Privacy walls can be made out of the same material as the rails so that it matches, enhances privacy, and looks amazing.
"If your house is close to the neighbors, we can build a really sharp looking privacy screen that looks like it's part of your deck, and not an afterthought," said John. "We can build a privacy fence a couple different ways. One way is to have a solid panel about 5 feet high, and then put about 12'' of lattice on top to make it a total of about 6'. Another way is to have the privacy wall totally solid without any lattice on the top. Oftentimes these walls are 4'-6' high."
If your new deck will include a hot tub and you want privacy, Decks R Us recommends going with a 4 or 5-foot high wall around part (or all) of your hot tub. You can see over this wall when you are standing on the deck, but it ensures complete privacy if you are down in the hot tub taking a relaxing soak under the stars.
If you will have an open space between the ground and your deck, you may want to give some thought to deck skirting or lattice. We're able to provide skirting and lattice all the way up to 7' or 8' and if your deck will be above ground that has different elevations, we can build your skirting to follow the contour of the ground.
White Vinyl Lattice
Almond Vinyl Lattice
Matching Azek Skirting
Brown Poly Lattice
It's unattractive and kind of cheap looking to have open space around the sides, especially one that's 2'-3' off the ground. Skirting and lattice will also keep leaves and twigs from blowing underneath the deck where they are hard to reach. It also keeps baseballs, soccer balls, footballs and more from rolling under the deck.
Decks R Us always puts an access door in the lattice or skirting so that if you ever need to get in underneath deck it's no problem. A lot of people also use the space underneath to store their ladder, garden hoses, and wheelbarrows. This puts them out of the way where you can't see them. Raccoons, skunks and other critters will have a hard time making homes underneath the deck if you have the lattice or skirting around the bottom.
If you like the size, style, and function of your existing deck, but are tired of staining or painting it then we can simply replace the flooring and the railing with a lower maintenance option. We call this process "redecking," and we have become quite good at it over the years. Please visit our Redecking page for a more detailed explanation and pricing info.
After all these years and all these decks, just when we think we have seen it all, a customer will give us a fresh and exciting new idea for their deck.
Do you have an idea for your customized deck?
Do you have a design that you drew up?
If you can think it, we can build it.
Send your pictures or drawings to us and we can give you an idea of how much your creation would run. Or if you just have the idea in your head, we're pretty good at being "Deck Psychologists" and during your free no obligation consultations, we can help you get your idea down onto paper.
Some cool things we've done:
- Built a deck around a 100-year-old tree
- Built a deck with an outdoor bar
- Built a deck with customized-one of a kind outdoor dining table
- Built decks with tailor-made benches
- Built decks with waterproof storage benches
- Built decks with buffet tables with shelves
Ready for the next step?
See our Pricing Guide to learn about how much it costs to build a deck.
Call us at 717-407-5623 for a free no obligation consultation at your home. We'll have a relaxed chat about some of the things we have covered here including your choices in deck design. We've built hundreds of decks in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.