The addition of a deck to your home can be a great benefit. While it certainly will provide a space to entertain or to relax, a deck also adds beauty and dimension to your yard and value to your home.
When planning a new deck, you simply need to decide on your style and choice of materials. Natural wood and composite decking are the two prominent types of materials used. Numerous differences exist between these materials including the overall cost and upkeep. Let’s look at each type.
Composite decking is manufactured using a combination of wood fiber and plastic. The plastic might be from milk jugs or soda bottles. The deck boards may be hollow or solid with hollow boards being a bit cheaper and less sturdy than solid boards. Solid boards, however, expand and contract, but they are stronger and look more like real wood.
At the onset, composite decks will cost more than a wood deck, but, due to minimal upkeep over time, may prove to be slightly less than a wood deck.
Understandably, decks are susceptible to all the outside elements. Composite decks require low maintenance with a soft brush and detergent or pressure washing. Scratch resistant materials can keep pet claws from damaging the deck. UV protection offers protection from fading if the deck is not covered.
The original and most common choice for decking is wood. It is durable, economical and, if properly maintained, lasts for decades.
Wood deck costs vary according to location, the type of wood used, and the size of the deck. Southern Pine, pressure treated to withstand weather damage, rotting and insects, is a popular option due to its low cost and high availability. Other types of wood can be used in constructing your deck depending on your price range and design needs.
Wood decks require a bit more elbow grease for proper upkeep. At some point, the deck will need to be sanded, sealed, and stained. Cleaning requires a soft bristle brush and mild detergent; power washing can strip the wood.
The most important step of deck building will be hiring a trustworthy, professional contractor to tackle the job. Gather necessary information about the various types of decks available then interview contractors who have expertise with these projects. In the end, sit back and enjoy your new entertaining and relaxation spot.
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