As the weather gets warmer, thoughts turn to pool parties and barbecues and a new deck from a Dallas fence company can make the most of your outdoor entertaining. The type of patio deck that’s best for you depends on your budget, maintenance considerations and the physical appearance of the material. A cedar deck is one of the most attractive outdoor decks for lounging and summer parties, but it will require staining to protect it and keep it looking good. Wood and plastic composite decks and pressure-treated wood are other popular choices. Consider the pros and cons of each deck and discuss them with a rep from a Dallas fence company.
Cedar wood and all wood decks have a warm, natural look and a pleasant smell. They need to be stained to preserve and protect the wood, so this isn’t a good choice if you want an “install it and forget it” deck. The red part of a cedar deck, the “heartwood” resists rot. Cedar doesn’t absorb moisture and lies flat without warping or twisting. Properly installed cedar boards last about 15-20 years. You’ll need to stain and reseal the deck every year or so, according to instructions from the Dallas fence company that installed the deck. Cedar decks fade quickly, so staining and sealing is essential to retain their beauty. Cedar decks in Dallas are moderately-priced and can be custom-designed to your specifications.
Composite wood and recycled plastic decks require little maintenance, except for sweeping and an occasional washing with a garden hose. You can even stain a composite deck four to six months after installation. Composites won’t splinter or rot like wood; they’re termite-resistant and the surface won’t fade or discolor due to rain or other weather conditions. They’re more expensive than cedar wood decks, but they don’t look as attractive and feel cold when you walk on them barefoot. Composites are better for ground-level decks that come in contact with the soil. Wood decks may sustain damage or attract insects if placed too low to the ground.
Long-lasting pressure-treated wood has the beauty of cedar with a layer of protection to ward off insects and damage from the elements. Ask your Dallas fence company contractor about types of treated lumber. Wood should be treated with arsenic-free ACQ, Copper Azole or Borates. Choose premium pressure-treated wood boards with straight grain and fewer knots, as they are less prone to warp than generic pressure-treated boards.
DFW Fence Doctor, a Dallas fence company offers deck installation, repair and staining. We’ll help you choose the right material for your deck and custom design it to match your home and lifestyle. Call us today at 469-425-2515 for more information about preparing your outdoor living space for summer fun.
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DFW Fence Doctor
5808 Goliad Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75206
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