4 Deck Choices For Your Home

4 Deck Choices For Your Home
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    Our outdoor living options have certainly expanded over the years.

    Gone are the simple concrete patios that offered a place for families to set up a picnic table and a grille for family gatherings.

    Today's homeowners want decks, providing a near seamless transition from indoor living to outdoor enjoyment.

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Deck materials for your consideration

Deck Choices

When choosing a deck, you have several options beyond mere wood for your materials. Wood, of course, is the most popular choice today, but homeowners may want to consider several other options, as they plan this important home improvement project.

1. Wood — Clearly the top choice for homeowners, decks made from pine or redwood are still very popular. Pressure-treated pine does a great job of resisting rot and repelling pests, but has a tendency to show an unsightly green shade that detracts from its appearance.

Other options include redwood, cedar and South American hardwoods that has been carefully harvested from rain forests. The disadvantage in using wood is that it must be thoroughly cleaned at least once annually and restrained every two or three years. Moreover, you may only get 10 years out of your deck before it needs to be replaced.

2. Composite — Decking made of composite materials are increasingly being embraced by homeowners. Composite decks have the look of wood, but make use of waste products that otherwise would fill landfills.

These products include plastics and sawdust, materials that help these decks maintain the same look year after year. Cleaning is a breeze and many composite decks come with long warranties, guaranteed to last as long as 25 years.

3. Aluminum — If you are thinking “bleachers” when you hear of decks made from aluminum, you’ll happily discover that aluminum used on decks is free from the unpleasant pinging you might expect. Decks and rails made from aluminum feature interlocking floor panels with a gutter system underneath to promote drainage.

Most of the water on this type of deck slides off, but the remain water exits through the drainage system and out to your yard. Manufacturers produce various color choices to give your deck a more natural look, one that complements your home.

4. PVC — Polyvinyl chloride or PVC materials is another option for your deck. Such decks are color-matched to your home and engineered to provide perhaps the lowest maintenance of any deck material available.

Such decks do not warp or crack, nor can they splinter, stain or rot. A garden hose or power washer will keep the deck clean, with no fear of molds or stains appearing.

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Deck Brands

When shopping for a deck, you’ll learn that various brands are associated with the deck materials chosen. Genovations is a PVC brand, LockDry is for aluminum decks and Trex is one brand associated with composite decks. Yes, there are others and when working with a contractor you should find out which brands are available in your area. Prices for non-wood decks are generally much higher, but the trade off is a longer lasting, low-maintenance deck, one that will give you many years of outdoors enjoyment.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".