Decks are a fun way to give your outdoor space a makeover. Unlike patios, decks can be multilevels, adding some variety to your yard and allowing each level to have a different use; put a table and chairs or fire pit on the top, and hot tub on the bottom. They are a beautiful way to give dimension to your property, giving off a more stylish and quality look than a patio. They also allow you to have a better view of the neighborhood, or if you are lucky, the ocean!
With many different styles, many different layouts, and many different materials to use, no two decks are exactly alike! At Marshall Home Pros, we offer composite, treated wood, and cedar plank decks and can craft these material into large or small custom decks! So, no matter what you picture your deck looking like, we can most likely make it happen!
Composite boards are made of wood fiber and recycles plastic, meaning it is eco-friendly and requires less care and maintenance than regular wood. There is no need to stain composite decks, and cleaning may only require a quick scrub and rinse. Composite does not rot or weather and doesn’t splinter, making barefoot summer nights easy and pain free.
Even though composite decks are nice in the maintenance category, they are the most costly to have installed, but with the long life, it may be worth the extra price. They can also be easily stained by grease, so if you are putting your grill on your composite deck, you may want to be extra careful. You also may want to be careful on hot day, as the composite will heat up and could burn your feet.
Treated Wood Decks
A treated wood deck will last a long time if properly cared for, and is generally cheaper than other deck types. It is the most common material used for decks, and the real wood look adds even more character to your deck.
But wood is wood. It is high maintenance to keep it looking nice and new. Mother Nature will cause it to warp, splinter, crack, and split, and boards may need to be replaced as you do maintenance on it.
Cedar Wood Decks
Cedar decks are usually priced right in the middle of treated wood and composite decks. They are less likely to warp, and if the wood is taken from the center of the tree, also known as heartwood, it is less likely to rot and have insects. The look of cedar decks also makes it popular choice, it has a natural wood look but is not as easily weathered as treated wood.
Again, wood, no matter the kind, the quality, or how much you pay for it, will need maintenance. Cedar will not warp was easily as treated wood, but it is still prone to splintering and cracking, and also requires quite a bit of maintenance. Sealing cedar wood is required every few years to keep it in good condition. If the outer part of the tree is used, rather than the heartwood, it is likely to not last as long.
Decks are more high maintenance than patios, but they may be the better option for you and your home. They are a great addition to your home, and even though you have to worry about keeping them intact, they can add value to your home. At Marshall Home Pros, we can give you the advice you need for your deck, and help you pick the right material for your deck, depending on your location, budget, and style.
Call us now to get any questions answered, learn more about our deck services, and get started on your beautiful outdoor space today.