Composite Wood VS. Natural Wood, Which Is Better For Your Home?

Composite Wood VS. Natural Wood, Which Is Better For Your Home?

Are you in the market for a new deck? Does your home look like its 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.

Composite Wood Difference

To decide which one suits better for you and your home you will need to consider four things;

  • How much maintenance and repair you will be willing to do in the future
  • The life span of the different materials
  • Your deck’s appearance
  • The cost of the different types of deck material.

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 on 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.

Composite Wood or Wood Deck Which To Choose

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!

 

 

 

How to Take Care of a Composite Deck

Do you have a composite deck but don’t know how to properly take care of it? Because composite decks are made from wood byproducts (i.e. wood chips, sawdust) and plastics, they require less maintenance work than other wood decks. These types of decks come in a variety of styles, colors, and grains to choose from.

Taking care of your deck isn’t a How to Take Care of a Composite Deckhard process at all. The first thing you should do is to grab a broom and dustpan and begin sweeping your deck. Sweeping frequently will help keep your deck clean. As you’re sweeping, make sure to sweep all of the debris off of your low maintenance deck. Pick up any leaves or sticks that might be stuck within the cracks of your deck board. Composite decking material cannot be sanded nor refinished so if you see any stains on the deck, be sure to address them quickly so that they can be removed.

Composite Deck Cleaning

Next, scrub your deck with soap and hot water or composite deck cleaner. Use a deck brush while scrubbing the surface of your composite deck. The deck brush that you use should have soft bristles to make your deck even smoother.

Finally, rinse off your low maintenance deck using the water hose. Make sure all of the soap’s residue is removed. If your composite deck has any marks on it, use nail polish remover, rubbing it in a circular motion, on a wet cotton ball to get it off. Once finished, allow your deck to dry.

Miles Bradley Building and Remodeling, INC specializes in building composite decks. If you’re interested or have any questions, contact us at any one of our locations.

May is Michigan Deck Safety Month

Michigan Deck Inspection Checklist

Getting your deck’s ledger, framing, and hardware checked can help you avoid any future pains

Miles Bradley Building  is participating in deck safety awareness all throughout the month of May in Michigan. With all the storms that have been rolling through, you never know if you deck has sustained any damage from falling debris or regular wear and tear. Letting your old wooden unsealed deck rot doesn’t make your time outside enjoyable or safe.

This point especially rings true for all the DIYers out there who may have missed a step or safety code when building their deck. Getting a professional deck inspection will not only give you peace of mind but will ensure that your investment will pay off in the long run. We encourage everyone to get their old deck regularly inspected by a licensed professional to ensure that they are safe and up to code.

Over the years, code requirements for decks have changed. Older decks may not be built to adhere today’s code requirements and can cause a safety hazard. One example of an overlooked Some older decks were not built using the correct deck tension hardware which can cause ledger failures.

Code requirements were established to protect the consumer and any future buyers of the consumer’s. Repairing an old wooden deck can be costly, and in some cases replacing a deck may be the only option. That’s why getting an inspection can help you catch any problems before they start.

Schedule Your Michigan Deck Inspection

As a supporter of NADRA or the North America Deck and Railing Association, we are highly qualified deck builders that can provide a deck inspection for you.  Miles Bradley has the training, expertise, and special knowledge to provide deck inspections and repair your damaged deck. We can help repair and replace your old deck with new composite deck materials that can stand the test of time.  All decks that we construct are up to code and will pass any inspection with flying colors.

Contact us now or get a free quote on your next professional deck inspection!

 

Timbertech or Trex- Choosing Low Maintenance Composite Decking

Trex

Overtime, the decking industry has made drastic improvements to materials used to create your dream deck. Trex or Timbertech are very popular composite decking companies, manufacturing composite decking materials which give homeowners the wood look they want, yet easy maintenance and longevity. As time continues to pass, composite decking continues to transform and other composite decking manufacturers are being introduced.

If you are planning on having your dream deck constructed out of low maintenance composite decking materials, Trex or Timbertech both supply high quality decking materials and have very similar collections for you to choose from. So what is the difference between the two? Which should you choose?

The decision on when to choose Trex composite decking or Timbertech composite decking is completely up to you. As far as the product goes, they are very similar and both offer the same low maintenance aspect that everyone is searching for. You may realize that your decision on which company to select may come down to texture, color or customization’s you wish for your deck or landscaping project to have.

At Miles Bradley, we construct your low maintenance dream deck with the highest quality Trex or Timbertech composite decking materials. Our decking professionals will review your deck plans and help you determine whether Timbertech or Trex composite decking is right for you. Contact our professional deck builders today so we can get started.

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Did Those Harsh Pool Chemicals Hurt Your Deck?

Are you still splashing around your pool? We know there are lots of things to take care of when caring for a pool amongst the pool toys, chemicals, temperature, cleaningpooldeck and safety but most people don’t think about the deck right beside the pool.

There are a few factors around your pool deck that play with your decks wear and tear around the pool; foot traffic, chemicals and sun exposure. These are three important things to consider when caring for your pool deck. With the pool water splashing on the deck, the sun beating down and people in, out and walking all over the deck through the summer it takes a toll on your deck. You will gradually see the color fade, cracks, holes and the wood wear out.

One way to help with this wear and tear is to change what chemicals you’re using in your pool. There are many options for keeping your pool clean with out using such harsh chemicals. We recommend talking with your local pool and spa supplier to get more info.

We can repair and give your deck a new coating to protect it from next years pool water damage. We can guide you on the best option for your deck;

  • Acrylic paint – drys quickly, keeps color well, resistant fading from chemicals and UV rays.
  • Anti-slip coating – contains texture for anti-slip grip
  • Epoxy Coating – fills in cracks and small holes, does not fade with pool chemicals or sun exposure.
  • Composite Decking

Are you ready to repair or completely rebuild your pool deck? We do complete deck remodeling or repairs whatever your deck needs. Want another color? Style? Advice? Call TODAY 248-478-8660 serving Michigan and the Chicago Land area.