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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 »

Wood Deck by Archadeck

Wood Deck by Archadeck

Years (and years!) ago, the choices for decking materials were rather limited and decision-wise, life was simple for consumers.

Today?  Not so much.

The industry is flooded with material options which is certainly a great thing for homeowners.

Contractors can design and build custom decks as a one-of-a-kind structure, personally unique to you.

The downside?

Pressure Treated Wood Deck by Archadeck

Pressure Treated Wood Deck by Archadeck

Folks are now faced with a real dilemma regarding which project materials to use.

Each product — wood, tropical hardwood, composite, capstock, vinyl/PVC — offers advantages and a few ‘trade-offs’ depending on what features are important to you.

And honestly there’s no single, perfect answer.

So despite all the trendy choices and stiff competition in today’s market, if economy, sustainability, durability and longevity ‘are your thing’, then good-ole-reliable, pressure treated lumber might be a well-suited choice for a deck, screened porch or other outdoor space.

Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »

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