DECKING & RAILING
Wood decks are the most popular choice of deck materials in the US, primarily because it is long-lasting and the most economical. With building a wood deck one of the first benefits is that they are versatile. You can easily cut wood into any shape allowing for very unique and specific design options. Wood decking does require some maintenance, like sealing and staining about every few years. With wood Grain patterns are prominent; its initial greenish color becomes a honey brown before fading to gray. Pressure Treated wood is commonly used because of its ability to resist decay and termite damage, in most cases for the lifetime of the original purchaser.
Low maintenance decking has come a long way over the last few years. There are over 100 products currently on the market. Why such a boom in composite decking? Because these products are building materials manufactured using a mixture of plastic and wood fiber, meaning one advantage is that it doesn’t require staining and sealing. This material is also popular because it requires less maintenance than wood and often uses recycled materials. There are also a variety of colors, textures, and hidden fastening systems.
Vinyl decking made from Cellular PVC is a great choice for decking because it is essentially resistant to stains, mold, insects and fading. PVC material is low maintenance and is a sustainable building material.
Over the last 10 years the deck industry has developed a variety of attractive rail systems. Because your deck’s rails will be one of the most visible features of your new deck, it is important to choose a rail that compliments your decking material and the style and color scheme of your house. Consumers have many choices of colors, styles and accessories to provide greater flexibility in design. Many railing systems are built from composite or metal, both of which offer the advantage of low maintenance or with the natural design of wood. Low maintenance composite railings are becoming more popular every year, while wood railings provide a classic look for a deck, because the beauty of wood is hard to match.