Decking & Deck Materials
Decking Material Alternatives
Deck surfaces are available in a variety of materials. Natural wood, pressure treated wood, and composite materials are all possibilities a homeowner needs to consider for their deck. Obviously there are advantages to each, and each has its limitations.
Decking made of natural wood has a beauty unmatched by other materials but has regular maintenance requirements.
Cedar, Mahogany, and Iron Wood (IPE) as a decking surface, requires some maintenance on a regular basis also. All can be stained to the owners color preference.
Manufactured decking requires much less maintenance but some, never the less. It is generally a composite of wood and a plastic. These materials come in variety of colors, wood grains and profiles. This material has minimal maintenance and is the choice of many homeowners.
The Deck and Patio has a number of many different materials for both decking and rails on display at their design studio from various vendors.
It should be noted that the underlying deck structure is built with pressure treated wood for any of the decking surfaces mentioned. This is required for strength, rigidity, and long life.
When we design a deck, we take into consideration, proper space planning to allow room for tables, chairs, barbeques, food prep areas and other features you would like to incorporate into your deck. When creating a design we take into consideration the size of the property and the ability to maintain views. We employ the use of wide stairs, called wrap around stairs, to keep that open air feeling to the area. The beauty of the landscape beyond can be brought onto the deck through the use of built in planters. Socializing is made simple and beautiful through the addition of custom seating built into the deck in a "L" Shape or 3 sided bench. Railings can be tailored through the use of manufactured rails and modifications that we have custom designed ourselves.
All of our decks are built to code including concrete footings 36" deep and 12" diameter. Our decks are designed to be safe and unique. For those clients not wishing to go with the traditional rectangular deck, an angular (octagonal), rounded, or curved deck and rails can be designed to suit their outdoor needs. Decks are built to bring the outdoor space up to the same level as the home. When faced with a steep slope, a higher deck can lead down to a lower deck creating multiple levels. A deck built around a portable hot tub gives the appearance of a built-in spa and grants easy access to the spa.
Decks are installed with ringshank stainless steel buglehead nails. An alternative method is coated or stainless steel deck screws.