Decks can offer a view, provide a place for spa tubs, barbeques, outside entertaining or just offer a peaceful place to read a book or take a nap. Many are doorways or windows to the outside. They can be outposts to see deer, raccoons, birds and other outdoor creatures. On steep hill sides, they add space to walk around or play areas for children and pets.
The materials used to build decks vary greatly. Exotic or domestic woods, wood composites, concrete, masonry, glass, copper and stainless steel, tile and slate are just a few of the elements used in deck design and construction.