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A smart and common question among St. Louis homeowners interested in a deck: “Which is better, wood or composite (or vinyl)?”  We hear this on a daily basis!

The answer?  Both are absolutely, positively terrific options.  And when it comes to looks, sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.

Cedar Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck

Cedar Deck with Vinyl Rails, Chesterfield Mo by Archadeck

Composite Deck with Vinyl Rails by Archadeck - St. Louis Mo

Composite Deck with Vinyl Rails by Archadeck St. Louis Mo

At first glance, wood and composite seem pretty darn close in appearance, however, there ARE differences.

Distinctive features and variations are found in: the manufacturing process; overall price and return-on-investment; material maintenance and warranties.

So today, let’s look at your choices when it comes to ‘real wood’ vs. decking that looks like wood. Read the rest of this entry »

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OK.  You’ve decided that you want, no NEED, a new outdoor living space whether it be a deck, screened porch, covered patio or gazebo.

Pressure Treated Wood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Pressure Treated Wood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Then the dilemma begins.

But which material should you use?  Wood?  Composite?  Capped Composite?  Vinyl/PVC?

The sheer number of options today can seem overwhelming… at first anyway.

Yet in a sense, all decking materials share commonalities.

Each must be weather resistant, withstand wear and tear from foot traffic and of course be aesthetically pleasing to you, complement your existing home and provide curb appeal as well.

Take comfort in the fact that there’s really no wrong choice.  It’s simply a matter of determining exactly what qualities are most important to you and then make your selection based on those features.

Professional contractors understand this and will be happy to guide you through the process.

Today though, let’s focus on pressure treated lumber because no other product can beat this building material for affordability, durability and longevity. Read the rest of this entry »

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