Decks are used for a variety of reasons. For example, many homeowners enjoy entertaining outdoors even throughout the colder winter months or Sunday morning brunches with the family. For all the reasons there are to build a deck, there are about as many options of materials that can be used. Deciding the best option can seem overwhelming.
A couple of basic choices include wood and composite. Whether you are breaking ground this spring or just gathering a wish list, the experienced deck builders at Schafer Construction can help you understand the pros and cons. Even if you already have a deck and are looking to expand, we have the know-how and expertise to assist you.
Understand the Pros and Cons of Composite and Wood Decks
Installing a deck is an investment in your home’s appearance and your family’s comfort. Consider the differences between each material when creating your outdoor haven:
1. Wood – Probably the most common and popular material used, wood offers a natural touch to any structure. There are also different choices in the lumber you can use. Here is a sampling:
1.1 Pressure-Treated: This is an affordable and easily obtained material. It cuts well and accepts nails and screws better than its counterparts. Often milled from southern yellow pine, the chemical treatment makes the wood resist rot, fungus, and wood-boring bugs like termites. Unfortunately, it does tend to crack, split, and warp. Also, regular maintenance is necessary to keep your deck looking great and lasting for years.
1.2 Redwood or Cedar: Almost nothing is as beautiful as these western softwoods. Their oils and tannins make them naturally insect, rot, and decay resistant. Not all levels of resistance are the same. To get the best protection, you will want lumber that comes from the heartwood. This can translate into an increase in the cost of the deck project. These wood choices still require annual maintenance to protect the surface from the weather.
2. Composites – A fast-growing choice in decking, composites are comprised of wood fibers and recycled plastic. This provides a board that is weather-resistant and avoids splintering, warping, or rotting. This option is a little more expensive than pressure treated wood. You will still need to keep it clean to prevent mold and mildew build-up, but a composite deck board gives you a low-maintenance option for entertaining.
Create Your Dream Deck with Help from Orinda’s Trusted Deck Builder
Go ahead and start planning those parties! Give the experts at Schafer Construction a call. We have worked with homeowners across the Orinda, Montclair, and the San Francisco Bay area to build beautiful entertainment areas for over 30 years. Our crew of licensed professionals can bring your dream to reality.
Call us today at 510-339-9100 or contact us online to see why homeowners across Orinda and the San Francisco Bay Area rely on Schafer Construction for their structural repair and construction needs. Let us bring your outdoor entertainment dreams to a new level!