When you’re planning the construction of a custom made Bucks County deck, it’s important to consider all of your options. You want to find the right combination of value, durability, and attractive appearance for your deck. Building a custom deck is a big project, and you should do an appropriate amount of research to make sure you build a deck tailored to your lifestyle and preferences.
Each decking option has its own set of pros and cons, and the right choice for you depends on a variety of factors. Here is what you should consider when choosing a material for your Bucks County deck:
- Pressure-treated lumber – Pressure-treated lumber is the most affordable and popular decking option today. It’s also very easy to work with. When shopping for pressure-treated lumber, it’s important not to skimp on quality too much. While cheaper options may be tempting for your wallet, they are also more likely to experience cracking, splitting, or warping. This material also requires more regular maintenance than some other options. You’ll want to give it a power wash at least once a year, and apply a stain or wood preservative every two to three years.
- Cedar & Redwood – These options offer a more natural, rich wooden appearance compared to the pressure-treated lumber. Regular maintenance is also required in order to preserve this color; you’ll need to give it an annual power wash, and apply a stain and water-repellant wood preservative, as well as a coat of finish every three or four years. These materials are also softer than pressure-treated lumber and are thus more easily affected by foot traffic or moving furniture. The cost falls somewhere between pressure-treated lumber and our third option, composite decking.
- Composite – Composite decking offers a unique combination of convenience and durability. Unlike the previous two examples, composite decks require very little maintenance – you only need to give it a quick spray-down with a hose to keep it clean. It is much less vulnerable to the elements, and you don’t have to worry about a composite deck cracking, splitting, or warping. The material is also very versatile, and can be stained in a variety of colors. Composite decking is the most expensive of the three options, and some people prefer the look and feel of natural wood. But if you’re looking for a low-maintenance, long-lasting material for your deck and cost isn’t an issue, composite decking may be the right choice.
If you’re looking to construct a custom-made Bucks County deck, don’t do it all on your own. At Paul Construction, our team of designers, carpenters, and installers are here to help you draw up your project and make it into a reality. Whether you’ve decided on a material or could use a little more guidance, contact Paul Construction today to get started.