The thing about outdoor living spaces is that the owner of the house can make them into exactly what they want them to be like. You need to consider if your backyard is an area that you will be spending a lot of time at and what you will be doing back there as well. You also need to factor in your wants and needs for the outdoor living area. If you are an outdoor person, then having a deck is for the purpose of enjoying nature. Putting in mind that your deck will be out battling the changing weather conditions you need to make the best selection of materials that you want making your deck.
If you have very harsh weather conditions you could make your deck enclosed and that will add some square footage to the house. In some places you may need to be approved when building a deck as an addition just to ensure that it meets the standard. If your deck happens to have a roof over it, you need to make sure that it has enough support for the weight that will collects when it snows. You can use brick or wood in decks or a combination of the two. Insulation and windows need to be considered if your deck will be enclosed.
If you want to make space one usable all year round you could have even the floors insulated if you are thinking of an enclosed deck. With a deck you need to be careful taking it as DIY project because lack of experience could see you make a lot of ,mistakes that will cost you. There are professional deck builders with sufficient knowledge and experience to deliver on the deck of your dream ,all you have to do is tell them what you envision when it comes to a deck.
Having a deck like any other part of the house it needs maintenance and homeowners area ware that composite decks cannot live maintenance free. Apart from the elements of the weather, you deck also suffers threat from dirt and weeds. Composite lumber may differ depending from which manufacturer you get it from. Clean composite decks with composite wood cleaner to keep it looking its best. There are many products that help with composite deck cleaning and a professional pressure wash will leave your deck as new.