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Material Choices for Custom Decks and Patios

By April 14, 2014No Comments

When it comes to custom decks and patios, the choice of materials is greater than ever.  To help you make an informed decision about your home improvement goals, here’s a look at some of the more popular options for both structures.

Building Materials for Decks

  1. Treated wood – This is the classic material used for raised decks.  It offers good looks, reasonable durability, and affordability.  However, the sun and rain can break down even high-grade treated wood in a few years, especially if the homeowner neglects to do routine maintenance.  Also, some people object to the wood’s appearance.
  2. Composite decking – Compared to treated wood, this material offers nearly unlimited resistance to the elements.  It looks great, never splinters, and comes in many colors and designs.  Fasteners can easily be hidden, unlike the nails or screws that hold together traditional wooden decks. Plus, since composite decking is made from recycled materials, many view it as an environmentally friendly option.  The main drawback with using composite decking is its price, which is usually higher than treated wood.


Building Materials for Decks

  1. Concrete – Like treated wood, this is a classic material that is widely accepted and understood throughout the construction trades.  Concrete has been around for over 2,000 years, and structures made with it are still standing after centuries of exposure to the elements.  Some people find its appearance bland and cold.  But modern building methods allowed for concrete to be colored or even stamped into hundreds of pleasing shapes.
  2. Brick/masonry pavers – With this choice, the builder creates a foundation of concrete and/or sand and lays the payers directly into it, ensuring that they’re level and square.  So long as the work is done carefully and with an eye towards detail, brick/masonry patios can be very appealing and last for many years.


No matter what type of material you prefer for custom decks and patios, one thing is sure: the final results are always much better when the job is handled by trained professionals.  That’s exactly what you can expect when you choose American Fence & Deck.  Call us today for a free, no-obligation estimate.  We’ll be glad to show you how affordable custom decks and patios can be.

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