The 5 Best [FREE] Deck Design Tools

 

A sundeck can increase not only the value of your home, but the quality of your life. A deck extends your living space to the outdoors allowing you to live your life more ideally and take full advantage of every square foot.

If you’re dreaming of adding or renovating a deck, these free deck design tools can inspire your creative side and help make your vision a reality. To help you know where to begin, we’ve tried them out to report the perks and drawbacks of each.

5 Free Deck Design Tools

Decks.com 

One of the few free deck design tools that’s not affiliated with a decking materials brand, this easy to use online software makes deck design approachable for any inspired DIYer. The program provides simple deck designs for you to base your deck structure off and allows simple resizing of the height, dimensions, and shape. You can only choose between a generic composite or pressure treated pine as building materials, which makes the usability of the downloadable permit plan, order list, breakdown list, and plan specs somewhat limited if you’re planning to build with another material. Despite the materials limitations, you can get a strong idea of the shape and design features you’d like to have in a deck.

 

Trex

This design tool has an approachable interface with simple options to give you an idea of price, but overall is somewhat inflexible. You can choose from one of three pre-designed deck layouts and change the total square footage, but not the dimensions. While you only have the option of designing with Trex composite, you can check out their various colours and railing styles to see what combinations you like. The software gives you a materials list and Trex can point you in the direction of a local retailer or deck builder to make your dream design a reality.

 

TimberTech

Although is shares other design tool’s limitation on building material selection, this designer’s robust building features are intuitive to use. It offers a range of customizability from deck height, dimensions, and railings to board rotation, lighting, and accents. You can even add furniture and accessories to complete you dream design. Your bill of materials is available to review at any time and you can print off a PDF copy when you’re ready.  Whether you’re serious about designing a new sundeck, or just looking for some productive entertainment, this deck design tool is worth a click.

 

Fiberon Decking

Similar to the TimberTech interface in look and feel, it is slightly less robust and less intuitive. It has everything you need in a deck designer with some fun bells and whistles like a custom landscape and lighting designs.

 

Big Hammer

If you’re serious about designing decks (or you’re a deck builder) this software is a strong contender. Unlike previous options, you need to download and install this software to use it. However, it only works on Microsoft operating systems, so Mac users are S-O-L.

 

The #1 Free Deck Design Tool

 

While there are multiple easy to use, helpful deck design tools, one software stood out as a shining star: The TimberTech Deck Designer.

Even if you’re not planning on building a composite sundeck, this tool allows you to explore layouts, colours, and decor combinations to help you make smart design decisions for your new deck. It’s the most comprehensive and usable tool that we’ve tried, it’s even kind of fun!

 

If you’re looking for some expert insight on your deck design, if you’re not sure what material is best, or if you’re ready to build your dream deck, call 604-786-3325 or fill out the form below for a free consultation and quote.

Tags: ,

Citywide Sundecks

Citywide Sundecks

We pride ourselves on our expertise in quality decks and railings for all kinds of homes and venues. Not only are we the top Duradek distributor in the region, but we are also known for offering a wide variety of the latest decking solutions to suit every taste.

Testimonials

  • “My wife and I were very happy with Citywide’s work on our sundeck. Their crew was very professional, courteous and efficient, and completed the work exactly as they said they would. When I pointed out a minor error in their work on our house siding, they immediately acknowledged the issue and corrected it with no argument. We would definitely recommend Citywide to our family, friends and anyone else that needs their decks re-surfaced. Thanks Paul / Citywide!”

    Doug and Audrey – Pitt Meadows

  • “Citywide is a professional company to work with regarding our deck project.  Very reliable, timely results and good customer service. We are very satisfied with the outcome.”

    Karl G – Vancouver

  • “I would recommend Citywide for roofing repairs and Vinyl decks. I appreciated the personalized service and efficient workers. Thanks Paul.”

    Tony W. – Vancouver

  • My experience with Paul and his Citywide Sundeck crew has been nothing but positive. They are on time and completely professional and able to offer solutions to complicated waterproofing challenges.

    Joe C. – Vancouver

  • I’m a general contractor in the lower mainland. I contacted Paul to help us re-vinyl a deck that used to be fiberglass. GREAT customer service, the job was professionally done by 2 of his crew members. When I called 4 other companies to look at the job, no one came or called back. Paul was attentive to our needs & was able to squeeze us in with a 2-3 day lead time.   Thank you so much for your consistent attention to detail, professionalism, & continuous strive for quality.

    Steve – New Westminster

  • Hard working and respectful crew. Deck turned out great. I would recommend Citywide to others who are considering building or replacing their deck.

    Vito – North Vancouver

  • Two years ago we hired Citywide to renovate our sundeck and back porch. We were very happy with the results and we are enjoying them every day. Last month we had them renovate our front stairs and walkway. The result exceeded our expectation. Now our front entrance looks good enough to welcome a queen! I like Paul’s workers they are friendly and able. Also, Paul is one of the most organized and punctual people I have ever known. We have had a lot of problems with tradesmen in the past. It’s nice to know Paul for a change.

    Sadako – Burnaby

  • I had Citywide Sundecks replace the 28 year old Duradeck sheeting with the similar material on my sundeck. The job was completed in one and a half days to my complete satisfaction. The deck looks like new with all the joints and seams glued and heat treated to ensure maximum waterproofing. Stainless steel screws were used throughout in reinstalling the original aluminum railings and stairs to ensure longevity and improved appearances. When the job was completed the installers cleaned up the work site. I was impressed and pleased with this Citywide crew. They were professional.

    Stephen – Richmond

  • We had our hot tub and sundeck replaced this summer. Citywide Sundecks did a wonderful job of the vinyl deck. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hot tub was sunk into the deck and the glass railings had to be removed and replaced. The job was done in a timely manner with great efficiency. We truly appreciated the skill of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the concern for aesthetics.

    McBride – Coquitlam

  • Paul and his team did excellent work with attention to detail. The work was done quickly and we are very happy with the result.

    Lora – North Vancouver

  • Great service and a fair price for the work. Delivered on all their promises and even did a nice job cleaning up. I would definitely recommend them.

    R. B. – Vancouver

  • Amazing service. Friendly, prompt, really good product. The installers are wonderful and skilled, friendly. I really would recommend this company. I like the range of products they offer and they took time to explain all my options.

    A. R. – Vancouver

  • We were very surprised when we were told that they were able to start working on the project within a week of us signing our contract. We were kept updated of progress and appreciated being contacted by Paul to see how they were doing and if we had any questions. The work was completed quickly and efficiently. The fellows who did the work were friendly and cleaned up after they had finished for the day. We were very happy and have referred them to our friends.

    Courtland C. – Delta

  • Paul and his crew were hired to rebuild a terrible deck that was built last year. Citywide Sundecks isn’t the cheapest, but they did the job right and on time, and it comes with a 10 year warranty. We should have gone with hie the first time around.

    Job P. – Surrey

  • Paul and his crew did a great job of taking care of us. We had to replace a deck and deal with some water issues above and below the deck, all which was behind the stucco. This work has been completed and we are very happy. Paul and the crew kept me informed throughout. They were very easy to deal with and answered all my questions as the work progressed. All this was done at what I thought was a fair price.

    Andy Stephens. – Surrey

  • Very happy with our Duradek job.  It was installed exactly as discussed and Paul made sure that we were completely satisfied.

    Rene B. – Vancouver

  • We are very pleased with the restoration project completed by Citywide Sundecks and Railings during the summer of 2015. The beautiful new sundeck was rebuilt in a very professional manner and the installed aluminum railings were a real upgrade on our original wooden ones. We are so glad that we contracted CWS as they were terrific to deal with and they provided quality work from start to finish.

    Bruce & Loreen S. – Richmond

  • I live in Prince George and contacted Paul at Citywide Sundecks to enquire about installing Duradek at my 85-year-old mother’s house in New Westminster. Paul kept us informed every step of the way. His crew was professional and hard working. They completed the job as agreed and ahead of schedule, even throwing in a few extras for my mum at no cost! My mother was very pleased with the outcome and happy to be enjoying her new deck.

    Leanne M. – Prince George

  • We were in a rush to get our sundeck stairs repaired. Paul was very accommodating and had the stairs replaced very quickly. The quality of work was excellent! I would highly recommend Citywide Sundecks.

    Linda & Rob M. – Delta

  • A word of thanks, for the excellent work on my sundecks, stairs, and railing. Your work was done on time and within budget. I must say it’s the envy of my neighbours. They ask who did the work, and of course I tell them Citywide. The house looks great, with the new decks and stairs.

    Tony C. – Vancouver

Email: info@citywide.ca





Best Of TrustedPros.ca 2017

Free Estimate

Ready to get started on your sundeck? Contact us below.

Name
Email
Phone
Message

Code
captcha

*If you have selected to Subscribe to Newsletter, please visit our privacy policy.