Designing the perfect deck for your home can be a challenge. You want your deck to be both functional and beautiful while adding to the overall aesthetic of your home. While the design options are endless, there are some design elements that can make a deck great.

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Whatever your specific needs are in your deck, there are some things that are generally always a good addition to your deck. Let’s look at some elements of a great deck and how they can be incorporated into your own deck design.


One of the things that takes a deck from good to great is carefully designing it with functionality in mind. You can add any old deck onto your home to serve its purpose, but one that is designed with your specific needs and desires in mind will serve you better and take your deck from good to great. When designing your deck make sure you keep in mind the function you want your deck to have.

Do you want to be a grill master with an outdoor kitchen and dining space? Or do you simply want an area to sit back and relax on a chaise lounge? Having a good understanding of your deck’s intended purpose while designing it can allow you to design it for your specific needs, making it a more functional space for you and your family.


The overall appearance of your deck can have a big impact on whether it is a satisfactory deck or a truly great deck. By designing your deck with your home’s architectural style in mind you can ensure your indoor and outdoor spaces work seamlessly together. It is simple enough to add a square or rectangular wood deck onto your home, but for a truly great deck you should consider the lines of the home and the overall color scheme when selecting a decking design and material.

Longevity and Maintenance

And finally, the material the deck is composed of is just as important as the design of the deck itself. Composite decking is a great option for a deck because it lasts longer and is easier to maintain than traditional wood decking. Composite comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes so it is a good way to tie together your home’s style with your deck. Additionally, composite decking is easier to maintain and clean than wood decking and does not lose its color over time, giving you more time to enjoy your deck and less time to maintain it.

At North American Deck & Patio we specialize in great decks that our customers enjoy for many years to come. We are an Anne Arundel county deck company with years of experience and countless happy customers. If you are in the market for a truly great deck, give us a call today to get started!

Why Choose North American Deck and Patio

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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

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

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