Outdoor decks have always been popular – they are a way to civilize the outdoor experience, letting you enjoy the fresh air. A good deck can create a comfortable outdoor room, and add a feeling of spaciousness to your home. Decking is a great way to ‘level’ a sloping garden and to give yourself some space that can be utilized. Decks will also increase the value of your home, so it can prove to be a worthwhile investment.
Let’s take a look at some of the decking materials available, and the benefits of each one.
Pressure Treated Wood
Pressure treated wood is the most common decking material because it is cheapest. Pressure treated wood is especially recommended in applications where the wood needs to come in contact with the ground, like in fences or posts. Other popular woods for decking include redwood (which resists decay naturally), red cedar, and mahogany.
Wood decks do take more work to maintain, so plan on a regular system of painting, sealing, and cleaning. See one of our complete project in detail.
Timber Decking, will lead you to further decide upon which type of timber to use for you deck. The basic choice of materials comes down to either softwood decking or hardwood decking. It is not just the appearance that should sway you, but also the varying properties of each type of softwood and hardwood.
Softwood comes from coniferous trees like evergreen. Approximately 80% of the world’s timber production comes from softwood trees. They are cheaper than hardwood, however they’re more difficult to maintain. Hardwood benefits include weather resistance, low maintenance, and long-lasting lifetime.
Composite Decking is often referred to as plastic decking, but there should be a distinction between plastic and composite decking materials. Composite decking uses recycled plastic in the manufacturing process, and also recycled wood sawdust. Benefits of composite decks include easy maintenance, safety, and durability. See one of our projects in detail.
Plastic Decking, is normally made from vinyl, which is used extensively in the construction industry for fascias, windows and increasingly, doors. Vinyl decking has many advantageous properties, and is often specified for decking around caravan homes – where timber decking is seen as a possible fire risk.
Once you install your plastic deck, you won’t have to worry about it again. It doesn’t rot, splinter, or crack – and also has many other benefits like scratch resistance and stain resistance. It can withstand harsh weather and is very low maintenance.
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Do you want a patio or deck like the ones above? Check out our gallery of completed projects and if you live in the Chicago area, you’re in luck. Our professionals at 123 Remodeling would love to install a new deck for you.
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