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With over 10 years of experience building decks for Delaware residents, we take pride in our deck designs. KeyPatio.pro is committed to a creating a deck that you will enjoy for many years to come. Several of our outdoor spaces, including custom decks and porches, have achieved awards such as the Awards of Excellence with Home Builders Association of Delaware. We have experience using several types of high quality deck products including pressure treated wood and exotic woods as well as low maintenance composite decking. Plus our quality craftsmanship and attention to detail guarantees you will love the completed project. Adding a patios, landscaping, deck and pathway lighting packages, and an under-deck drainage system can provide the beautiful finishing touches to your custom deck.

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Some houses have porches. Some have decks. Some have both.

But what's the difference between decks and porches, anyway? Is it just that one is on the back of your house and one is on the front? What happens if the porch wraps around to the back of the house? Or is it the deck that's wrapping around to the front?

Here's the thing about decks: It doesn't matter whether they're on the front or the back, whether they're called "decks" or "porches." A deck is a sure way to add beauty, value and class to any home.

Decks can be anything. They can be places to fire up the grill, or for jumping into your pool. They can be big or little. Simple or ornate.

It's this versatility that makes trying to differentiate between porches and decks a fruitless affair.

Think about it: There's no end to the possibilities. Here are just a few ideas.

Gazebos. Adding a gazebo to your decking project is a great way to add festivity to your backyard. Decks with gazebos installed in them are the perfect place for parties, cool spring nights, and, if possible, Dixieland jazz bands.

Cabanas. Why not add a roofed- and screened-in area to your new deck? Well-built decks can support some pretty impressive architecture, so there's no reason not to build a structure that'll keep the bugs out as it beautifies your home. It'll also give your home a great tiki feel that'll make it seem just a bit warmer in the winter.

Tree Houses. Who says decks are limited to houses? Nobody, that's who! Now's the perfect time to add a flight of stairs and some decking to that Southern live oak in your backyard. The versatility of decks means there's no end to the possibilities.

Multiple Levels. Your new deck can stretch from the second floor of your home to the first, with a few landings in between for creative uses, like game tables or swinging benches.

Garden Boxes. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to step right out onto your deck whenever you needed some fresh herbs for that tomato sauce you're stewing up? You can make a garden box or a small tree arbor out of the very decking material you're using to build your deck.

Dining Areas. A deck that extends from the dining room or kitchen is an easy way to add elegance to any dinner party. Imagine treating your guests to a view of the outdoors, instead of the four walls of your dining room. And like the garden boxes we mentioned earlier, you can make tables and chairs to match your decking material.

Decks n' Docks. If you're lucky enough to have waterfront property, you may be able to extend your deck into the water. It'll take some creative building and some elbow grease - building into a muddy bank is rarely anyone's idea of a good time - but you'll never regret it for one second.

So - still wondering about porches? Nah, probably not. Decks are where it's at.

But if you still want to call them porches, we won't tell anyone.

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Decks aren't rocket science.

Really. As home improvement projects go, they're relatively easy. In fact, their simplicity engenders some pretty misguided stereotypes. Too many of us think of decks as boring rectangles of wood stuck to the back of a house. But decks can be much, much more than that. Here are five things to remember when deciding whether to embark on a new decking project.

Not all decks are created square. Think about it: If you could completely rebuild your home from the ground up, would you simply build a squarish A-frame house with 90-degree angles in all directions? Of course not - you'd have gables, cornices, turrets - maybe even flying buttresses or parapets. There's absolutely no reason your deck should be a boring, rectangular affair; decks can feature multiple shapes, levels and points of entry.

Decking material isn't just for walking on. Whether you use wood or composite decking, the possibilities are endless. Try building a long bench on your deck, with a hinged seat so you can store sports or grilling gear underneath. Decking material can also make great planters or arbors. With the right plans, your deck can work with the very land itself, allowing space for greenery and even trees.

Above-ground pools can be a calling to something greater. Above-ground pools have a bad reputation - over the years they've taken on a more proletarian image than their in-ground siblings (despite the fact that they don't get you any less wet). But a swimming pool that sits six more feet above sea level than your home can be an invitation to build yourself a snazzy new deck, turning your pool into a backyard entertainment center - let the neighbors snicker at that. Pool decks can be simple structures that only service the ingress and egress of the pool itself, or they can be ornate and labyrinthine, housing barbecue grills, sunbathing benches and (hey, why not?) changing cabanas.

Balconies are just decks on the second story. Not all decks cover the ground floor. There's no reason your deck can't stretch out from a second-story den or family room. So if your home is on a hill, don't feel left out - there are plenty of decking options available. These are especially popular in rural areas, where the combination of an upstairs deck and a hilly, forested terrain make for a great rustic look.

Decks aren't decks without great railing. Nothing makes a deck look more professional than a matching set of rails. Fairway and Deckorators are great manufacturers of quality railing supplies, but spend some time searching the Internet -- there are dozens of great brands out there. Pick the one that's best for you.

If you're considering building a new deck, you're not alone -- it's something every homeowner thinks about at one time or another, particularly given the fact that many decks pay for themselves -- or come very close -- by improving the overall dollar value of the homes they're attached to.

The most important step in any decking project is the planning process, so feel free to stretch your wings a little bit during this time. Of course, expense is a factor, as well as labor (particularly if you're building your own deck), but with a little ingenuity, you'll be able to create a backyard paradise.