Deck Materials and Trends for 2015
What is hot for 2015 when it comes to new decks? In this month’s post we discuss the pros and cons of deck materials for new deck installations.
Pressure Treated Decking
Pressure Treated wood is the deck material standard; over 75% are built with this material. Pressure treated lumber gets its name from the chemical treatment process. First wood is placed in a pressurized cylinder or chamber, and then a preservative is applied, as the pressure in the chamber increases the solution penetrates the wood on a cellular level. Pressure treated wood is more durable then an untreated wood (which begins to break down with a year of exposure to the elements). Four months or more after installation, we suggest staining your pressure treated decking (the part that is exposed to the sun). The cost for staining is a separate cost but is very important. Staining increases the life span by about 15 years. Unstained decks can last only 7-10 years due to cracking, bending and twisting of the wood. No matter which decking you choose at Atlanta Curb Appeal we use pressure treated wood as the support structure underneath for strength and durability.
Composite wood decks, a wood plastic composite are great choice for decks. They do not require staining like pressure treated woods and are nearly maintenance free. However they are about three times the cost per board then pressure treated. Composite decking comes in a variety of colors including blends, which have the appearance of exotic hardwoods. Can be also installed with hidden fasteners for a clean and smooth look.
Cedar is a beautiful wood for decks; it is the most natural looking wood. Cedar costs about twice as much as pressure treated wood. Cedar can outperform for pressure treated wood in some cases because it does not absorb water like other wood types. It is resistant to rot, mildew and bugs. A benefit of cedar decking is that it can be stained immediately. It is important to resealed every few years.
Brazilian Hardwoods are a gorgeous tropical wood with zero maintenance. It is the most expensive wood on the market and last longer than composite decking, typically 30 years. It resists molds and is not chemically treated.
All decks that are higher than 36” from the ground, require a railing system. Wood, metal or a wood and metal combination are the good options .
The amount of time it typically takes to build a deck is four to six days. However every situation is different give us a call to discuss.
If a new deck is on the agenda for spring give Atlanta Curb Appeal a call at 770-778-1172 for your free estimate.
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