Decking It Out With the Right Materials


Now that summer is almost near, everyone is looking forward to a week’s worth of vacation just relaxing and doing nothing. Students are most probably the most excited for this coming season.  Those that are not privy to this kind of privilege so we have to make do with what we have.  The best way to do this is to have a deck in the house where you can relax and unwind.

Those who already have one can consider themselves lucky.  For those that still don’t have one at home and is still planning on adding one, it is best to do it now. Having a professional
contractor do this kind of project is ideal, although homeowners may opt to go the do-it-yourself way. However, having a contractor can be easier because homeowners do not have to do any work and instead just be involved in the planning and selecting of materials.

There are a lot of materials available for deck construction. The most common of which are wood planks.  Real wood is preferred because of the look and feel that it has.  There are several types of wood that can be used which you can choose from.  These are pressure treated lumber, redwood and cedar and tropical hardwoods.  These decking woods are available in most lumberyards however may have limited availability depending on the vicinity where you are located.

Of the three categories of wood, pressure treated lumber or decking is the most affordable and widely available material. Most decks that can be seen now are made of this kind of wood decking.  These are chemically treated to resist decay, fungus and wood bugs.  The downside of this material is that it has a tendency to swell, crack and split.  Maintenance and care should be done to enable it to last long.  Contractors can use diamond blade cutters to get the precise shape and size needed to make spiffy decks made of pressure treated lumber. 

Another material that is fast becoming popular for decking is plastic lumber.  It is also called composite decking, which is a hybrid product that is composed of wood fibers and recycled plastic.  It is becoming popular because of its durable characteristics, such that it will not splinter, warp, rot, or split.   It is actually maintenance-free because there is no need to sand, scrape, refinished, and stained.

Plastic decking is made of a hundred percent plastic and contains no wood fillers and fibers. It is similar with composite decking with its characteristics like being stain resistant, won’t warp or split. The only downside of this is that it is a part of an overall system so you would have to get a special contractor to install it.

Deck contractors are most probably biased on deck materials that are easy to use.  Homeowners who want the job done fast and precise can look and see if the contractors use diamond blade cutters to get the right size of the materials cut up. This would be essential in making sure that the deck is up to the specifications that they have set.   

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