Building a deck can be a great and economical way to increase the usable outdoor area of your home for a family, entertaining, grilling and more. Replacing the decking material or rails on a deck that's seen it's better days can even be less expensive and no less rewarding. We at DeFrancesco Construction can not only provide you a custom quote to install a wood deck or a composite deck, but can also provide affordable redecking options. For a quick free consultation, please call us or use our easy, online request an estimate button at the top of this page or read on for some FAQ's about decks.
What's the difference between a deck and a porch? Look up. Porches are generally a covered entrance, while a deck ( so named after the " Deck " of a ship ) is usually open with a more rustic feel and finish. When designing a deck or looking for a deck contractor, there are many additional things to consider, so lets start with the most basic: replacing the decking on your existing deck.
Because decks are out in the elements 24/7 and here in Boston and the northeast, they must deal with harsh winters and relatively hot summers, your previous deck material may be deteriorating and in need of replacement decking. The good news is that this can be a much simpler and less expensive job than a full deck installation. The problem lies with the original material used. Many homeowners and deck contractors use materials that may look good at installation but without continual maintenance will require replacement sooner rather than later. One of the most common deck materials used in the Boston area for wood is fir wood decking. Fir wood decking is a visually beautiful wood and relatively inexpensive as compared to more durable woods or composite decking ( which we'll go over below ). Fir decking also looks great painted. The problem is that without continual maintenance, it will be a few short years before this newly installed deck requires replacing. These decks should have a water sealant or waterproof stain or paint touchup yearly. That's right, yearly. Other wood deck choices in the area and some of their drawbacks are mahogany decking which is more durable and has a great look, but tends to silver over time and can have small splinter issues with bare feet.
The most durable wood decking is pressure treated, it can also be the most affordable deck installation. Pressure treated decking is just like the framing of your deck in that the wood has been treated with chemicals that resist rot and decay. The last natural wood deck materials you can use are naturally decay resistant wood, the most common of which is cedar decking. It is important to use the so called heartwood or middle of these, as they are the most decay resistant.
Another great way to go is to make a composite deck. Composite decking materials can be a great long term and lower maintenance alternative. They do not require painting and can offer very long term results with minimal maintenance. Composite decking materials are mostly a mixture of some wood products, stabilizers and plastic products. While the look and durability can be a real plus, there are a few downsides to consider to composite decking as well. Being part plastic, dark composite decking can get hot in the sun. Without a good product and grain, it can be slippery in wet conditions also. Also when spending the money on a composite decking install, you may also want to go with vinyl rails to make the whole deck super low maintenance which can also increase your cost.
For a fast, free and comprehensive estimate for a wood deck, to replace decking on your current deck or for composite decking, please give us a call or use our easy online estimate request button at the top of this page.