Paso Robles Contractor Reports ‘The Best Materials For The Perfect Deck’

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Decks add beauty and value to homes and commercial buildings. “Choosing the right material that creates a beautiful deck and meets building code standards is key to really enjoying your new deck,” said Frank Cueva, owner of Central Pacific Construction in Paso Robles.

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Deciding which materials to use to build a new deck is just as important as all of the planning that has gone into where to place the deck.

Decks add beauty and value to homes and commercial buildings. “Choosing the right material that creates a beautiful deck and meets building code standards is key to really enjoying your new deck,” said Frank Cueva, owner of Central Pacific Construction in Paso Robles.

Deciding which materials to use to build a new deck is just as important as all of the planning that has gone into where to place the deck. The deck is going to last for years, probably as long as the house lasts. It’s important to take the time and choose the right materials.

Beautiful redwood might not be the most economical choice for someone who wants to paint the deck to match the house. Composite “wood” made from recycled wood fibers and plastics might be the best choice for someone wanting the lowest maintenance deck possible.

Wood remains the top choice for decks and wood with the most resistance to weather, rot and insects are at the top of the list. Cueva has prepared the following list of the most popular materials for building a deck to help new deck owners make the best decision for their senses of beauty and their budgets.

  • Pressure treated wood: Pressure treated (PT) wood remains the top choice for decks. “Pressure treated” means the wood is chemically treated, under pressure, to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs, such as termites. Southern yellow pine is the most commonly used wood. Generally, PT is the least expensive decking material but it does need some maintenance once installed.
  • Redwood, cedar and some varieties of pine: Both redwood and cedar are naturally resistant to rot, decay and bugs and their rich colors add richness and beauty to any deck. The resistance to rot and bugs is stronger when these lumbers are from heartwood. The sapwood, or outer part of the tree, is softer and not as resistant.
  • Southern yellow pine is known for its strength and durability but needs to be protected against rain, sun, rot and insects. Southern pine is the most common wood used to make pressure treated lumber, but if you want to enjoy the rich yellow and gold tones of the natural wood, the new deck is going to need to be maintained on a regular basis. If southern yellow pine is your choice, the Central Pacific Construction’s Paso Robles best contractor staff can advise about the best treatments.
  • Composite materials: Introduced in the late 1990s, composite decking material is made from recycled wood fiber, rice hulls or other fillers, mixed with polyethylene (HDPE or LDPE) plastic or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and a blend of chemical additives. Some brands are made from 100-percent plastic.
  • Tropical wood and bamboo: There are a variety of rich-grained, durable woods that are resistant to rot and insects, including mahogany, tigerwood, ipe, cumaru to name a few of the more popular. Bamboo, technically a grass, has been gaining popularity in the last couple of decades because it is grown on sustainable farms around the world and different varieties have been found to be suitable for flooring and decks around swimming pools or patios.
  • Working with these dense tropical wood (including bamboo) requires the best experience and Central Pacific Construction’s Paso Robles best contractors have that needed skill.
  • Recycled materials: No one wants old, rich looking wood to go to waste and as long as the wood is strong enough and the right thickness, it may create a beautiful and unique deck. Other recycled materials, such as rusted parts of machinery and farm equipment can often be worked into a deck design.

Visit the Central Pacific Construction website to read the full report and more tips and information about planning a deck and other remodeling and construction topics.

Central Pacific Construction
3200 Riverside Ave Suite 120
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 471-4749

This press release is by Paso Robles online marketing company Access Publishing, 806 9th Street, #2D, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 226-9890.

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