Backyard patio and deck living. -

Take a look at today’s photograph and you can see one of the more popular trends in home design.  The indoor living space easily moves outside to the deck, patio, porch, veranda, terrace, or what every you’d like to call that special space at your home.

Outdoor living has grown in popularity and now is a key feature that demanding home buyers are looking for.  Obviously, it is an important part of selling your home so that you can build your new home.

Probably the most common “outside living” space is a deck and on that deck, is the grill and a place to have dinner.  I can smell the burgers cooking!  What is your favorite BBQ meal?  Recently we have been substitution Italian Sausages for hot dogs.  Oh boy that’s delicious.

What is your deck made of?  Basically there are two significant options of decking for you to consider and each has its own advantages and drawbacks:

  1. Pressure Treated Lumber –
    1. Advantages – PT lumber, typically is Southern Yellow Pine that has been treated to significantly resist rot and decay.  It is a strong and durable type of lumber and of all the options is probably the least expensive.
    2. Dis-advantages – PT decking does require regular maintenance.  Typically, it will need to be treated each year with a preservative that helps the decking stay in tip top shape.
  2. Composite Decking –
    1. Advantages – composite decking is a manufactured product that varies by brand but is typically a combination of recycled wood products and some sort of polymer which many of us euphemistically call “plastic.”  Since it is a synthetic piece of lumber it has a significantly longer life than PT lumber.
    2. Dis-advantages – Composite decking is considerably more expensive than PT decking.

Yes of course there is concrete and/or variations of stone but, that is an entirely new topic. 

What do you think of your deck?  Give us a call at (802) 985-5855 and share your backyard joys.

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