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Ask The Expert! April 2024 Edition

3 Reasons to Build a Deck This Spring


1. A Deck Enhances the Value of Your Home

Few things add hard value to your home more than outdoor living areas. Experts agree that a deck offers a 100% return in value. You’ll get back every cent you spend building a deck when you sell your home, and the additional curb appeal will help you sell it faster. Do-it-yourself and you’ll realize an even greater return on your investment. Decks are the hottest trend in the home-buying market.


2. Party Time!

If you like to host parties for friends, a deck is the perfect way to add functional space where people can gather and still breathe freely. Decks are less claustrophobic than crowded rooms, and spills and other potential damage are less costly to repair or clean up. Add an outdoor grill or a portable bar and raise the level of a simple deck to a real outdoor entertaining space.


3. A Deck Adds Outdoor Enjoyment

Decks give a whole new perspective to outdoor comfort. Far from the simple porches of the past, modern decks offer a versatile and comfortable way to enjoy your own little slice of nature. Strategically placed plants offer privacy and a feeling of nature even in the city. Enjoy the wood under your feet, the greenery around the edges and the open sky to create a peaceful haven to escape from the stresses of life.


Decisions - Decisions - Decisions

Building a deck can be a sizeable investment.  Consult a professional to decide which products are easiest to work with if you intend on building it yourself.  Remember to follow local building codes and HOA regulations when building your dream deck.

Today there are several material options available beyond pressure treated lumber.  Stop by your local retailer to touch and feel the exciting new choices that are becoming more and more popular.


Pressure-Treated Wood: This is one of the most affordable options. Pressure-treated lumber is chemically treated to resist rot, decay, and insect infestation. However, it requires regular maintenance such as staining or sealing to prolong its lifespan.


Composite Decking: Made from a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic, composite decking offers durability and low maintenance. It resists rot, warping, and insect damage. Composite decking comes in a variety of colors and styles, mimicking the look of natural wood.


PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Decking: PVC decking is made entirely from synthetic materials, offering excellent resistance to moisture, mold, and mildew. It requires minimal maintenance, typically only needing occasional cleaning. PVC decking comes in various colors and styles.


Cedar and Redwood: These natural wood options offer natural beauty and resistance to decay and insects. They are more expensive than pressure-treated wood but require less maintenance. Cedar and redwood decking can be left untreated or stained to maintain their color.


Tropical Hardwoods: Woods like Ipe, Cumaru, and Tigerwood offer exceptional durability and resistance to rot, insects, and decay. They are dense and require special tools for installation, but they provide a luxurious and long-lasting decking option.


Aluminum Decking: Aluminum decking is lightweight, durable, and resistant to rot, mold, and insect damage. It requires minimal maintenance and comes in various colors and finishes.


Modified Wood Decking: Some manufacturers offer modified wood products that have been treated to enhance durability and resistance to moisture, rot, and insects while maintaining the look of natural wood.


Bamboo Decking: Bamboo decking is an eco-friendly option that offers durability and resistance to moisture and insects. It comes in different colors and styles and requires minimal maintenance.


Stone or Tile Decking: Stone or tile decking provides a unique and durable option for outdoor spaces. Materials such as slate, granite, or porcelain offer durability and resistance to weathering, but installation can be more complex and costly.


When choosing a decking material, consider factors such as your budget, desired aesthetics, climate, maintenance preferences, and intended use of the deck. It's also essential to research the specific characteristics and maintenance requirements of each material to ensure it meets your needs and expectations.

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