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Deck and Pergola Design Rendering by Archadeck

Deck and Pergola Design, Rendering by Archadeck

As mentioned in our previous post, “Deck design with your space in mind”, Archadeck works with customers to lock-down the absolute best deck, screened porch or other outdoor structural design for your home and backyard, first.

Afterwards, it’s time for material selection.

And the next logical question among customers is, “How do I choose which decking material is right for me?”

And the answer is… “It depends”.

Material selection for a deck or other outdoor structure can seem confusing to customers because of the sheer number of products and suppliers in today’s market.  But a great contractor will help you consider all of the options and finalize your material selection to best match your personal druthers, your lifestyle and your budget.

Seriously.  We understand because it can seem complicated.

But let’s begin with some generalities as a starting point:

Decks, St. Louis, Mo - Cedar Deck, Rails, Balusters by Archadeck

Decks, St. Louis, Mo – Cedar Deck, Rails, Balusters by Archadeck

Wood Decking

Wood decking is classic in style with a natural, warm appearance.  But the trick to maintaining those natural ‘good looks’ is simple:  proper maintenance.

Many folks will gladly perform the routine maintenance required for pressure treated or cedar decks in exchange for their natural beauty and the cost savings only found with wood.

If, on the other hand, you want a low-maintenance product, wood decking might not be for you.

*As a side note, exotic hardwood decking like Tigerwood and Ipe are some of the finest, most elegant products on the market today.  If you have questions regarding tropical hardwoods, please give us a call or visit our website for more information specifically about hardwoods.

Composite Decking

Deck, St. Louis, Wildwood, Fiberon Ipe by Archadeck

Fiberon Horizon Capped Composite Deck in Ipe, by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Composite decking – capped or uncapped — is a man-made product that combines wood fibers with plastics resulting in a strong, durable and low-maintenance decking material.

Capped composites, however, have a plastic surface added to each board which provides protection against fading and staining.

Capped and uncapped composites have various price-points and are readily available in attractive colors or in natural wood-tones, but neither product requires stain, paint or sanding. Read the rest of this entry »

Low Maintenance Vinyl Decking, photo by TimberTech

Low Maintenance Vinyl Decking, photo by TimberTech

Have you been thinking about adding or upgrading a deck, screened porch or pergola to your home this year?

Are you particularly interested in low maintenance building products that are available in today’s market?

Each year, more and more customers here in St. Louis have expressed a growing interest in low maintenance options for their outdoor living structures.

Understandably however, many homeowners are unsure of where to start with an abundance of product choices now available.

Low Maintenance Deck and Pergola, St. Charles County by Archadeck

Low Maintenance Deck and Pergola, St. Charles County by Archadeck

And that’s where a reputable contractor can help, sort it all out.

So here’s some basics about the upside of low maintenance.

Composite, capped composite and vinyl decking technology has successfully emulated the look of real wood with the benefit of lower maintenance requirements.

A deck constructed with quality composites or vinyl becomes a deck that no longer requires labor-intensive maintenance, repeated stainings or time-consuming upkeep.

When compared to some woods, composite and vinyl products are less prone to warping, splitting, insect damage, rot, mold and mildew concerns too. Read the rest of this entry »

Decks, St. Louis Mo, TimberTech, Archadeck

TimberTech Decks in St. Louis Mo – by Archadeck

TimberTech — a leading manufacturer of alternative building materials for outdoor living – is an Archadeck preferred supplier, and for a very good reason.

We’re really terrific companies.

In glossy brochures, TimberTech, and Archadeck are touted as ‘synonymous with innovation, quality, integrity, selection and product guarantees’.

Fancy verbiage although it’s true.

But let’s be honest, everyone knows there’s more than one great contractor and one great manufacturer ‘out there’; nevertheless, Archadeck and TimberTech are among the best.  Without a doubt.

But enough about the companies.  Let’s get-down-to-business and look more closely at TimberTech’s product line as an option for your deck, screened porch or other outdoor space.

Recently, they unveiled an enhanced line of composite, capped composite and PVC materials for outdoor structures.

One reason to love the TimberTech-line is:  there’s ‘something for everyone’ – from economical, low maintenance composite decking options to premium vinyls and capstock decking options.

So let’s take a look at the choices: Read the rest of this entry »

TimberTech Evolutions Deck in St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

TimberTech Evolutions Deck in St. Louis, Mo by Archadeck

Since 1980, Archadeck has been an award-winning designer and builder of decks and other outdoor spaces.

At Archadeck of West County in St. Louis, Missouri we’re very proud of the work we do and are pleased to be a premier partner with TimberTech.

TimberTech is a leading manufacturer of prestigious decking materials including composite, capstock and vinyl decking products.

Editor’s Note:  For an updated and detailed post about the full line of TimberTech decking, see St. Louis Deck Contractors:  TimberTech Decking

As shown here, TimberTech Evolutions, for example, is a proprietary capstock line of decking that superbly emulates the elegant warmth of natural hardwoods, including rich and authentic color choices. Read the rest of this entry »

Composite Deck, Chesterfield Mo, St. Louis, Archadeck

Weathered Wood Composite Decking, Chesterfield Mo, by Archadeck in St. Louis West County

For many St. Louis homeowners, the enjoyment of adding an outdoor space incrementally rises as the chores and maintenance for said space, declines.

And this is all made possible with low maintenance materials including composites, which are designed for backyard structures like decks or screened porches.

‘The reason’ you ask?

Composites, such as EverGrain’s Weathered Wood (as shown above), can simulate the characteristics of natural wood but require minimal care.

No staining.  No painting.

In comparison to natural wood, composites were originally masterminded using a compression molding process to repurpose and recycle wood and plastics into a strong decking plank.

The end-product – a re-created board with a semblance of wood grain patterns and a consistent product appearance. Read the rest of this entry »

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis

Tigerwood Deck by Archadeck, St. Louis – displays floor board pattern

There’s nothing that equals the beauty of wood… wood floors, wood furniture, wood decks and other outdoor living structures built using wood.

Appealing characteristics of wood include aesthetics, durability and the utter uniqueness of each and every board.

In addition to pressure treated lumber and cedar, contractors can use Tigerwood, Ipe and other natural woods for decks, porches, pergolas and gazebos.

Yet with today’s composite and vinyl decking materials, builders can also design a deck, or other outdoor structure, to simulate the look of wood — complete with deck board ‘streaking’ … a ‘look’ that was previously unique only to natural woods.

So let’s take a look at several options that are the ‘real-wood-deal’ as well as decking materials that ‘capture’ the ‘look and feel’ of real wood. Read the rest of this entry »


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