The Deck Building Process

The process of building a deck is a straightforward and linear process and can be completed fairly quickly and efficiently by our experienced decking contractors. Masterdecks has built countless decks for our Seattle clients and have mastered the process from beginning to end.

Initial Consultation and Free Estimate

Our deck building process begins with our initial consultation and free estimate. We take your rough dimensions on the size of the deck you are looking to build, or the size of your current deck if you are looking for a resurface.

From there we gain an understanding of the project’s scope and estimated costs.

Single Level Decks or Mult-Level Decking Systems?

Next, we would want to decide whether you want a single level deck or a deck with multiple elevations. If there are multiple levels, you will want to think about how you want to connect the levels: by stairways or passageways? Then you want to think about and landscaping or hardscaping that you might want to build around or adjacent too. This could be a paver patio or cement patio that you want to build the next up to or some landscaping that you want to build the deck around.

From there we gain an understanding of the project’s scope and estimated costs.

Selecting Your Deck Design and Materials

The next step is to select out what types of materials you want to use for your decking. All the framing will always be pressure treated to withstand the elements, but what we need to figure out is if you want to go with a traditional cedar, hardwood or one of the composite, tile or waterproof decking materials. We are platinum certified installers for all so the choice usually comes down to price, maintenance requirements and aesthetics.

Before we move forward on the next step, a blueprint will be put in place and the deck materials that you have chosen will be sourced and priced.

Obtaining Any Necessary Permits

You will likely need a construction permit before we start the project and Masterdecks can assist you in this process. The deck blueprint will have to be submitted and approved.

Deck Material Options

Tight Knot Cedar Decking

Requires more maintenance, but at a cheaper initial cost. On average, a transparent stain will need to be restained every year, while a solid pigment stain will need to be restained every five years. You will want to account for these costs when making your decision. 

Cedar Deck

Cedar: Transparent Stain

Stained Cedar Deck

Cedar: Solid Pigment Stain

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood decking such as Ipe are more expensive than cedar, but less expensive than some of the top level synthetics. They should last much longer than the cedar decking( 40+ years). There is still some maintenance for hardwood, but it depends on personal preference. Hardwood start out a nice brown color and fade to a silver color. If you want to keep the brown color you will need to apply a hardwood oil annually. If you don’t mind the silver color then you can oil less frequently.

Stained Hardwood Deck

Hardwood: Brand New

Stained Ipe Hardwood Deck

Hardwood: Oil Treatment

Silver Hardwood Deck

Hardwood: Silver Patina

Synthetic Decking

(Capped Composite /PVC Products)

For synthetic decking there are two types: Capped Composite and PVC products. PVC decking, like AZEK, is made from 100% recycled plastic while composite decking, like that offered by TimberTech is made from a blend of wood fibers and plastic products. Both products feature a “cap,” which is an extra, added layer of protection that helps make them more durable and longer-lasting. The capped composite tends to have a more real wood look where as the PVC decking offers better protection against mildew and mold. For a more detailed breakdown check out Azeks website.

PVC Decking

Timbertech Deck with Railings and Pool
Timbertech Deck with Pool

Capped Composite

Tigerwood Decks
Tigerwood Decking

Mbrico Tile Decking

(Not Waterproof)

We are one of the only companies in the seattle area that offer tile decking as an option. Mbrico Tile Decks present a unique opportunity for you to coordinate interior and exterior spaces with high-quality Italian porcelain stoneware that can be placed anywhere. THese tile decks are low maintenance, easy to clean, mold and moss resistant, chemical and stain resistant, heat and shockproof, anti-slip and have a extremely high weight capacity for even the heaviest furniture. The tiles come in a variety of colors and make for a very modern, clean looking exterior or interior space. For more information visit Mbrico Tile Decks.

Rectangle Tiles

Rectangular Deck Tiles
Beige Tile Decking


Tile Deck with Dining Area
Square Deck Tiles
Waterproof Teflex Deck

Tufflex Waterproof Decking

Tufflex is a a waterproofing system that uses a liquid applied, high adhesion, moisture cured polyurethane waterproofing coating applied over plywood as a base layer and is finished off with a heavy duty urethane deck coating. These decks color is a variety of colors and are 100% waterproof which allow for extra usable space underneath your deck. Contact us at (425) 406-79106

Master Decks is a general contractor in the Seattle area. Our talented team of designers, project managers, and deck builders provide a wealth of experience that is unmatched in the Seattle outdoor living industry. With us, the construction process moves seamlessly from design to installation.

Let us show you why Master Decks has been trusted to install outdoor decks around Seattle for years

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