Patio Decking

Make your next home improvement project will a deck big enough to also be a patio. It will make it easier for you take advantage of the yard you so often use plus make your home the destination of choice for your family's greatest summer parties. It will give a good view of the pool or water garden that will be no doubt be going in next year, as well as add even more value to your home.

When you know where you want to put it, how large you want it to be and how high you want it, the next decision is what kind of material will you choose for the patio decking?

Conventional Patio Decking

There are many constraints to take under consideration prior to choosing your material. You want it to last as long as possible, with as little maintenance as possible. Of course, there's the cost to consider. You want it to look nice and offer a comfortable, safe surface while taking into account local building codes and the environment, also.

The conventional material used for patio decking is pressure-treated wood. Statistics reveal that there are more than 30,000,000 wood decks in America, and more are being built all the time. Pressure-treated wood patio decking resists termites and rotting. It is usually made from pine or fir, and because of its popularity, the wood and its related materials are easy to find at good prices. It offers a familiar and attractive appearance along with its easy care.

Other kinds of wood are available, traditional and quite attractive; red cedar, redwood and tropical hardwoods are popular for patio decking. Because they are not pressure-treated, they need more care and maintenance, but for the homeowner who has the time and money, they present a great natural appearance.

An Alternative Patio Decking Material

Natural woods must be protected from the hazards of direct contact with the ground. If your deck is to be even partially at ground level, other, more robust forms of patio decking are available.

Concrete is one popular and versatile material which requires very little maintenance. It can be used in the front, back or side of the home, and is surprisingly attractive. In place of bare grey concrete slabs, stamped concrete can add a more personal touch to your home.

Stamping concrete is the process of fresh concrete being imprinted with texture and patterns akin to stone, brick, tile, or almost anything you can imagine. Bits of gravel, granite, quartz, river stones, or the like can be added for sparkle or texture. The concrete can be dyed or painted for the splash of color you crave. Even old concrete patio decking can be updated by adding engraving and/or a colorful textured overlay.

See Also:
Building an Outside Deck