Decks can be exciting! Use your imagination. Here are some things to think about.
The majority of decks built in the U.S. are still made from wood. Mostly pressure-treated pine coated with chemicals to make it last longer outside. Wood will deteriorate as it is exposed to rain, snow and wind. A wide array of other interesting longer lasting options are now available.
Man-made decking materials can be twice as expensive as ordinary wood, but they are available in a multitude of colors, don't warp or split and don't need a new stain every few years. That's a big plus for consumers who can afford the initial costs.
U.S. homeowners spent $10,600 on average to build a deck from wood last year. Compare that with more than $15,000 for a deck made from man-made materials, according to the National Association of Realtors.
1. Know Your Options in Decking Materials
A. Trex composite products are made of a unique combination of wood and plastic fibers. Trex gets its plastic and wood fibers from reclaimed or recycled resources. Including sawdust and used pallets from woodworking operations, and recycled plastic grocery bags from all over the country. Our resources are closely screened for high quality standards before they go near a Trex plant. See www.trex.com for loads more info.
B. Pressure Treated Pine- Yellowish-green palor caused by chemical treatment of the wood.
C. Ipe - An extremely dense, tight grained wood. A deep rich brown with some pieces displaying red and amber hues. Rating for insect (termite) and decay resistance is the highest. Up to 100 year lifespan. Lots more great info on Ipe.
D. Cedar -Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns a coffee brown over time. Species is generally straight grained.This softwood is more durable than most woods commonly used. Resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Should treat.
E. Jarrah - Usually straight grained, but can be interlocked or wavy. Sometimes contains fiddle back or curly grain. Occasionally has dry pockets of brown sap. Can have gum veins and boat flecks. Pinkish red to deep burgundy red. Deep red to red-brown. Paler reddish brown sapwood.
F. TimberTech- Low Maintenance because TimberTech resists sun and water damage, it maintains its color and beauty for years. You do not need to paint, stain or seal it – often burdensome yearly projects with traditional wood. And, because it resists mildew and warping, you won't need to replace rotting, uneven or insect-damaged boards. This saves you time and money over the life of your deck and fence. Caring for TimberTech is easy and will keep it looking new year after year.
2. Consider Adding Different Levels To Your Deck-
This will add dimension and give guests areas to have a little private conversation.
3. Surround Your Deck with Beautiful Railings
4. Create a Shady Overhead
5. Get the right type of fasteners. Some building codes require stainless steel or a specific type of galvanized screw if you are using pressure treated wood. Certain types of metals can corrode the wood and cause joints to weaken. We started by putting in galvanized stainless screw lag bolts. When the inspector came out to see the deck though, he had us change them to stainless steel. Talk about a waste of time and money! Definitely educate yourself about which type to use before you buy and build the deck.
In the end, the quality you build into your deck will determine your longterm satisfaction. Remember that it is a part of your home's exterior face. It is wise to plan carefully and invest in the best materials and workmanship you can afford.
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