To take full advantage of the hillside, this composite deck was designed with multiple tiers, each one with a different purpose. The lower tier has a hot tub, while just above it is a fire pit and built-in benches. Photo by TimberTech.
A third alternative to wood and composite decking is long-lasting aluminum. Powder-coated aluminum decking won't rot, crack or warp and never needs painting, staining or waterproofing. Though it's made of metal, the deck stays cool even in the hot sun and it is completely fireproof. Photo by LockDry.
Naturals Blended Together
The natural-wood deck is stained lighter to contrast with the cabin's logs and railings. The colors play off the stone fireplace, enhancing the classic "pioneer era" architecture. Photo by Southland Log Homes.
Composite decking offers some big advantages. No need to paint, stain or seal every year, and it is usually better at resisting mildew and warping, which makes it good choice for pools or hot tubs. Photo by TimberTech.
This rooftop space features a wood-parquet deck, a copper water element, drought-tolerant plants, a BBQ island and a custom sectional. The gas, irrigation and wiring are hidden under the decking but are easily accessible. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt.
Not all decks overlook plush gardens or adorn suburban homes. This simple wooden balcony deck offers the ultimate in urban panache with a breathtaking skyline view. Photo by The Outdoor Greatroom Co.
Long-Lasting Poolside Deck
High traffic, multiple use areas have to be built tough. This poolside deck is made from durable composite materials that look and feel like wood, but don't require as much maintenance. Photo by Archadeck.com.
Rustic But Refined
The low-maintenance, heavy-duty composite decking is able to weather the elements yet it still matches the rustic-yet-refined log-cabin style. Photo by Tamko.
This composite deck capitalizes on the nooks and crannies and surrounding gardens to create a cozy, but hardly a small entertaining space that is perfect for alfresco dining or just relaxing. Photo by TimberTech.
This octagonal overhang adds dimension and a distinctive shape to the backyard. The layout provides an intimate space for dining and relaxing that won't interfere with activities elsewhere on the deck. Photo by Virginia Decking & Remodeling.