Are you in the market for a new deck? Does your home look like it’s missing something? A deck is a great way to go! Whether you’re replacing a new one or adding a deck to your home, your deck becomes part of your home and it is important to choose the right materials to use. Choosing what materials to have your deck built out of is one of the first things to decide. You have two main choices; composite wood or natural wood.
To decide which one suits better for you and your home you will need to consider four things;
When choosing natural wood you will need to stain and seal your deck every year. Composite decking requires less maintenance than natural wood material. Composite wood will need to be cleaned but will not need to be stained like natural wood.
To consider the life span of the different materials you have to assess that wooden decks can crack and splinter from weather conditions and can also get more damaged from water and rot if they are not maintained properly. To repair wood decks can be stained and replaced if necessary. Composite decks do not crack or splinter but can fade and warp. They also have a tendency to scratch and stain. To repair composite decks can replace the scratched, warped, or faded pieces.
Choosing what type of appearance you want your deck and home to have is very important. Composite deck materials are made to look like wood and vary less in appearance than natural wood. It is not stainable and if it fades it will need to be replaced rather than stained. Natural wood decks are more attractive and can add a lot of value to your property. There are many stains and types to choose from than composite deck materials and can be re-stained when the color starts to fade not have to be replaced.
The final decision is cost; Natural wood tends to be less expensive than composite deck materials.
This decision will depend on preference and what works better for you and your home, there are pros and cons to both types. Whichever you decide you, your family, and guests will have a wonderful deck for years to come and we can build it for you!
We are proud to offer such a great product from the largest manufacturer of composite decking (wood-alternative). Today Trex was awarded the 2013 Green Award from Washingtonian Magazine. This award recognizes people, companies, and organizations in the DC area that work to improve the environment and encourage eco-friendly living.
Trex was awarded this because of their efforts in salvaging more than 400 million pounds of plastic and wood scrap out of landfills each year. They kept more than 2.5 billion pounds total from 2007 through 2012 alone. Trex decking products are manufactured from more than 95 percent of recycled content. This includes; wood and sawdust, along with plastic and newspapers from household items.
Their green efforts do not stop there. Trex manufacturing’s final process also is green. This is done by using a proprietary method that recycles factory refuse back onto the manufacturing line. By continuously improving their process with green methods, Trex supports their community through recycling and education.
We are delighted to see Trex earn this award and are proud to support this company as a platinum builder. Contact us today to see how we can build your deck with Trex composite decking material.