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Last modified: 2021-06-30 | Approximate reading time 6 mins
If you’re looking to spend more time in the great outdoors this season, adding a deck to your backyard is a great way to give you, loved ones and family a further incentive to do so. Between talking, reading, eating, drinking and enjoying quality time together, there isn’t a better way than by building a beautiful deck outside your home.
Of course, this renovation project takes a specific skill set, tools, and time to complete. These days, decks can be built using a wide variety of materials. Some of these include fibreglass, PVC, wood and so forth.
So, how do you decide which option is best for your home? Here are some useful facts and characteristics that will help you make a choice, so read on!
Fibreglass is a great option for many reasons including versatility and durability. Here are some of the specifics:
Fibreglass can be slippery, especially during the winter. For this reason, you’ll have to use salt or sand to keep the surface safe.
PVC has been around for a long time and is a tried and true material. Here are the reasons why you might choose to work with it when building your deck:
PVC membrane doesn’t deal with harsh winter conditions very well. For this reason, we’d suggest that it may not always be the best option for the colder areas of Canada. Before buying PVC, do be sure to ask the retailer or the deck building contractor for their opinion on this matter. They will also give you some good advice about maintenance tips and tricks to keep it looking fresh.
In another article, we talked about hardwood floors and you can find that here. If you decide to build a wooden deck, you’ll be faced with basically the same options: white pine, red cedar, ipé wood, teak, and the list goes on. Wood is a warm, rich material that fits with all types of decors.
Each style of wood has its own characteristics, grain, and distinctive elements. The wooden slats can be assembled in various ways, with each arrangement having its unique look. Also, since wood never goes out of style, you won’t run the risk of your deck looking outdated after just a few years.
Currently gaining traction and a popular type of wood on the market is red cedar. Even though it’s more expensive than treated wood, it offers considerable benefits. First, the oil this wood releases greatly will reduce its tendency to deteriorate as a result of mould. Further, the oil helps protect the wood against harmful insects. Since nature has already given red cedar its tools to fight against pests and fungus, you won’t have to use chemical treatments.
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If you choose this material, you must apply a stain every 3 to 5 years to give the deck a new finish and protect it from the wear and tear of living outdoors.
Do bear in mind that it requires special maintenance techniques to preserve its colour, which unfortunately tends to fade due to sun rays.
The main drawback when it comes to using wood for exterior projects is that it tends to expand and contract along with the outdoor humidity level. You must check the fasteners of your deck regularly as well as the different parts including the railings and boards to make sure that they are still firmly installed.
Aluminum is not the most popular material when it comes to building a deck, but in recent years it has gained popularity. There are many good qualities when it comes to this material, and they are as follows:
From lattices to handrails, as you start planning the setup of your deck, think about accessorizing and picking elements that will suit your needs and tastes. Make a list of everything you want to include on your deck. Consider if you’d like to install a barbeque or place furniture. In doing so, you’ll be sure to have enough space to accommodate everything. It’s much easier to choose the shape and size according to how you want to use it, instead of planning your deck building project in the opposite fashion.
* Please note that if you choose a dark colour for your patio, over time the sun may affect the colour. If you truly have your heart set on a darker shade, try to move around your furniture so the same areas aren’t always being exposed to the light.
Once you’ve taken care of every aspect of your deck renovation project, choose your contractor through our service. Then, you can rest assured they’ll have all the licenses and insurance required to complete this type of work.
To learn more about our selection process, read our article How to Find the right Contractor for Your Renovation Project. For more about building codes applying to decks, check out this article by the hardware specialists at Lowe’s.
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