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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 »

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.


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 »

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 »

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 »

EverGrain Golden Oak Vibrance Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

EverGrain Golden Oak Vibrance Deck in St. Louis by Archadeck

In our first blog post of this year, we depicted five distinct outdoor living design trends for 2013:

-value and function

-reduced maintenance



-and complete customization

There’s a mindset about sustainability and green initiatives today.  “Green” is in.  “Wasteful” is out.  So let’s focus now on sustainability in Archadeck’s designs and structures.

Environmental consciousness for home improvement projects — inside and out — has dramatically risen in recent years.

And consumers have a preference for sustainable products, whenever possible, for outdoor living designs with wood, composite and vinyl. Read the rest of this entry »


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