Composite & Wood Decks
Decks are made of stained or treated wood or composite wood products. Composite wood products can be made from a wood base or other materials such as recycled plastics. Choosing the right material is key. Consider environmental factors such as extreme heat and extreme cold. Other factors are maintenance and costs.
As with all decks consider safety first. Proper railings and spacing requirements should be followed closely. Work with your builder to obtain all the necessary permits prior to starting the work. Use spring gates to protect children from falls.
The custom features are endless with decks, consider built-in planters, seating and step locations as well as secondary covers either built-in or awning type. In many situations, screen rooms or under-decking can be incorporated into your deck project. This allows for maximum usability of your outdoor space.
The three most used types of wood are Redwood, Cedar, and pressure treated. Different types of wood have pros and cons. Redwood and Cedar are Rot Resistant and have a natural look to them. Redwood Decks require more maintenance because it needs to be sealed. Redwood can be more expensive depending on where you are located in the country, but redwood is a naturally stable wood which means it doesn’t warp as much. This helps the wood look great longer. Cedar is another type of wood that can be used for decks. Cedar is considered a softer wood but has been used as a decking material for ages. Pressure-treated lumber is like Redwood because it is insect and rot-resistant. It is available all around the country and is used for decks most often.
Composite decks are the way of the future. Composite decks require little to no maintenance due to the fact that they are not made of wood. The decks will not crack, splinter, or rot. They are termite-proof. The composite decks also have a wide variety of fade-resistant colors available to match or complement your home or cabin.