Freestanding Decks

The outdoors can fill you with the joys of spring, give your family extra space to develop relationships and help to lift your mood whenever you need it. That is why many homeowners are looking to establish a sense of the outdoors in their homes today with open spaces, natural light flooding in and plants and flowers that establish the outdoors indoors so to speak.

However, now you can make the most of the space you have around your home as well as in it to get that outdoors appeal and it begins with freestanding decks in your yard. Although freestanding decks are considered to be expensive because professional installation has long been preferred, you can now do it yourself.

DIY Freestanding Decks

How to Stain Pressure Treated Decks

In this article, we are going to describe how to stain pressure treated decks properly. There are a few decisions that need to be made when staining a deck and we will help you figure out what supplies and technique is right for your deck and situation. A lot of people feel that pressure treated decks do not need to be stained, so we will cover why you would want to stain a pressure treated deck in the first place. So, if you are thinking of staining your deck that is made from pressure treated lumber, you have found the article that you need to assist you with the job and the planning.

New Pressure-treated Wood Decks

Aluminum Deck

Have you considered using aluminum as a material for building a deck onto your home? Aluminum decking is often an overlooked option for residential decking, so in this article we will explore your aluminum decking options and you can decide if aluminum decking is right for your home. We are here to help you decide if it is a realistic option for your situation and budget.

Waterproof Decks

Having spent time and money on building decking for your home you are strongly advised to make sure you’ve got waterproofed decks before the bad weather sets in. During the summer months, or warm weather, if the decking gets wet it’s not too much of a problem as it will dry out fully during the hot sunny days.

However, as soon as the weather changes, moisture soaking into the decking will start to accumulate and you’ll be surprised how quickly rot can start to set in. This advice isn’t just for those living in regions that have regularly cold and wet weather outside of the summer; unless you live in a virtual desert, it is recommended you follow these practices.

Reducing the Risk of Damage

Composite Decking or Wood?

If you are planning to build a deck for your home one of the first decisions you have to make is whether to build it out of composite decking or wood. Each one has its benefits and its drawbacks.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is manufactured from several materials. This combination includes wood by-products and some sort of plastic. This can be recycled wood, sawdust or wood fiber. The plastic is usually PVC or polyethylene.