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TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions, New 'Legacy' in Mocha, photo by TimberTech

TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions, New ‘Legacy’ in Mocha, photo by TimberTech

For homeowners in the market for a deck, there is a very (very!) tall-list and broad-range of decking material choices out there, some of which come-and-go depending on popularity and quality.

But product evaluation is ‘all-in-a-day’s-work’ for an experienced contractor like Archadeck.  So when it comes to a product-review, we can certainly help.

In our industry, building materials change, evolve, improve and innovate.

But one decking material in particular, has really gotten our attention over the past few years and that’s the TimberTech Earthwood Evolutions line.

There’s no doubt about it, TimberTech has been — and continues to be — a major industry player, especially following its recent merger with AZEK.  The brand consists of a full-array of wood-plastic composites, PVC decking and Earthwood Evolutions capped composite.

St. Louis Decks by Archadeck, TimberTech Capped Polymer Seal Decking

St. Louis Decks by Archadeck, TimberTech Capped Polymer Seal Decking

The entire TimberTech line is a crowd-pleaser, but for today, let’s look specifically at Evolutions and why we love it.

Technically speaking, Earthwood Evolutions is classified as ‘capped composite’ but sometimes called ‘capped polymer seal’ or ‘capstock’ decking.  It’s a hybrid of composites and vinyls.

Specifically, planks are fabricated with a core made from wood and plastic; however, the board is then fully wrapped in a PVC cap… and thus the labels with the term ‘cap’ were born. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fiberon Horizon Decking, Rosewood, photo by Fiberon

Fiberon Horizon Decking, Rosewood, photo by Fiberon

In the scope of building materials for the decking industry, composite decking is a relatively new product that has been on the market for approximately 20 years.

But during this short time-frame, composite decking has truly revolutionized the industry.

As a leading and reputable St. Louis deck contractor, customers often ask us about using composites or capped composites for decks, screened-in decks, patio enclosures, screened porches, and other outdoor spaces.

Thus, ‘composite vs. wood’ is a very common question. Read the rest of this entry »

Cedar Wood Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Cedar Decking in St. Louis, Des Peres Mo, by Archadeck

When folks are ready to build a deck for their home, they usually begin by exploring decking material options which have increased dramatically in recent years.

Natural woods remain a very popular choice among our St. Louis customers; however over the past 15 years, there are now several quality product-lines of low maintenance decking available — vinyl, composite and capped composite.

These synthetic boards are designed to emulate the look of real wood but are actually manufactured.

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

So how should you decide on materials for your new deck, porch, screen room, gazebo or other outdoor space?

Your decision can be easily determined by your personal preference for aesthetics, maintenance and project budget.

Aesthetics:

Composites and vinyls were developed to emulate the visual qualities of wood, but in reality nothing comes closer to real wood than… real wood.

Real wood has a natural aroma, knots, streaks and other characteristics that make wood uniquely special.  And lovable. Read the rest of this entry »

TimberTech Terrain Deck, Brown Oak, St. Louis, Chesterfield

TimberTech Terrain Deck, Brown Oak, St. Louis, Mo – Chesterfield

Nothing adds to the beauty and pleasure of a home improvement project than an outdoor living space designed and built by Archadeck using the TimberTech product line.

Decks and porches designed and built using TimberTech are everything a composite, capped composite or vinyl project should be — attractive, low maintenance, durable, and natural in appearance.

With a gorgeous color selection including the textures and tones of wood, hardwood and accent colors, your outdoor structure will certainly complement your home and personal sense of style.

Additionally, hidden fasteners, stylish railings and a multitude of accessories are available. Read the rest of this entry »

AZEK Decking, photo by AZEK

AZEK Decking, photo by AZEK

Among synthetic decking manufacturers is AZEK, one of the leading brands of low maintenance decking materials.

As an alternative to wood or composite building material, synthetic decking by AZEK provides good looks and the ability to withstand damage from every-day deck usage including stains or scratching.

Virtually impervious to insect damage and moisture, AZEK is durable, long lasting, and beautiful.

And best of all there are great color varieties for decks, porches and railing which will complement any home design and every homeowner’s sense of style. 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 »

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