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Deck contractors – like any contractor – can vary widely in the quality they deliver. The best way to determine the quality of any deck is to look at the frame and the footings – a solid, square, well-framed deck securely mounted on properly installed concrete footings is a quality deck. A deck that wobbles or shakes and sits on inadequate or no footings at all is not.
We build only sturdy, secure, solid, long-lasting new and replacement decks out of a variety of materials.
Composite decking is available under a number of brand names and is often called plastic wood, but it is actually a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic that accepts paint or stain. A low-maintenance material, composite doesn’t need annual sealing and won’t splinter or rot.
Pressure-Treated Wood Decking
This is by far the most popular decking material because of its longevity and relatively low cost. Pressure-treated lumber is usually southern pine that is impregnated with a preservative to prevent rot and insect infestation.
A beautiful wood that naturally resists rot, insects, and warping, cedar has an attractive grain and takes stain very well. It can range in color from honey to light brown and weathers to an attractive silvery grey.
Available in a variety of species, mahogany ranges widely in color from light yellow to a dark red. Some varieties accept stains and resist rot and insects better than others – we use only species and grades well-suited for the harsh New England climate.
Think Green: Decking
While pressure treated lumber still remains the most popular decking material due to its relatively low cost, composite lumber is becoming increasingly more popular. It is available in an ever widening number of styles and colors. It won’t deteriorate like regular lumber, giving it a much longer life cycle. This gives it a lower life cycle cost and a lower impact on the environment. Many manufacturers of composite decking use post consumer products in the manufacturing cycle. Ask us about the pros and cons of every decking material option so you can make an informed decision about your deck.