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Maryland Deck Features

There are so many things you can do to turn your deck into your perfect outdoor oasis! But it’s important to plan them ahead, so that they don’t end up looking like haphazard add-ons. After 25+ years in the deck construction business, we know everything there is to know about different deck features. And here is a brief overview of the ones we get the most requests for.

Deck Lighting

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You are not planning to use your deck only during the daytime, right? So your deck would need some sort of lighting to keep the party going after dark. Many homeowners hang a lantern on the side of the house and call it a day. But at North American Deck & Patio we think that selection of proper lighting options for your deck deserves more attention.

Nowadays, decks can be fitted with either solar or electrical lighting that can be placed anywhere you want. Solar lights can be embedded virtually anywhere, including steps, post caps, balusters, and even inside the decking. We’ll be happy to help you create the right night-time ambiance for your deck.

Decorative Posts and Post Caps


Deck posts and post caps are often overlooked during deck construction, but our Maryland deck builders like to pay attention to every little detail. Posts and caps are a good way to add style to your deck, making it different from the other decks in your neighborhood. There are different ways to customize your deck posts, from choosing a unique shape, to applying stone post covers or adding a decorative post cap.

Custom Built-ins

As you are working with your contractor on deck design, consider including some built-in features such as benches, planters or storage nooks. If you have these elements in the design from the very beginning, your deck will look more consistent and uniform at the end. Benches and planters made from the same materials as the rest of the deck become an extension of your deck and don’t make it look as busy.

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Balusters are the poles that connect the top and bottom of deck railings. They mainly serve as a safety feature, preventing kids and animals from accidentally falling off the deck. But they can also do a lot for the overall aesthetics of your deck. Rather than going with plain wooden or vinyl “sticks,” look into wrought iron and other metal balusters. They come in many different shapes and instantly add a touch of elegance to any deck.

Privacy Features

Too close to the neighbors? No problem! There are a few privacy features you can incorporate into your deck to keep it hidden from unwanted attention. One such feature is a privacy wall that can be made with a trellis or semi-private fencing. The idea is not to block off your view completely with a solid wall, but to create a tasteful barrier that both looks great and does the job. Another way to achieve privacy is by building a pergola or gazebo on your deck, that you can separate with a curtain when needed.

Interested in including any of these features into your deck design? Give us a call or contact online for a consultation!

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio Contractor: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio Contractor: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio Contractor: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Charles County Deck and Patio Contractor: La Plata (20646), Port Tobacco (20677), Rock Point (20682), Waldorf (20601, 20602, 20603)

Howard County Deck and Patio Contractor: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio Contractor: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio Contractor: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio Contractor: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)