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Decks vs. Balconies

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Decks and balconies are both outdoor structures that provide additional space for outdoor activities and relaxation, but there are some key differences between the two. A deck is a flat, open platform that is attached to a building and typically constructed at ground level. Decks are typically made of wood or composite materials and are used for outdoor living and entertaining. A balcony, on the other hand, is an elevated platform that projects from the wall of a building. Balconies can be located on any floor of a building, but are most commonly found on the upper levels. Balconies can be made of a variety of materials, including wood, concrete, or metal, and are typically enclosed by a railing. Another key difference between decks and balconies is how they are supported. Decks are typically supported by a series of posts and beams that are anchored to the building's foundation, while balconies are attached directly to the building's structure. In terms of maintenance, decks typically require more maintenance than balconies as they are exposed to the elements and can suffer from rot and other forms of weather damage. Balconies, on the other hand, are typically enclosed and protected from the elements, so they require less maintenance. Both decks and balconies can provide additional outdoor space and enhance the value of a building. It is important to choose the right type of outdoor structure based on your needs, budget, and the location of your building.

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