In order to comply with the new building code, we generally need to completely tear down any deck over 7 years old and start over. I have never seen one sturdy enough or safe enough to meet the new code. Also, I have never gone a week without seeing one that is unsafe or about to collapse.
We offer a number of different products to choose from when constructing your new deck. These products vary greatly in price.
Pressure treated lumber is always your lowest cost product to use. However, it also requires the most maintenance and has the least attractive finish as it dries and ages. I never recommend using it on the Guard Rail system because I know how bad it will look within a few months. When used on the floor, we always install it with deck screws so that you don't have nails popping up over time and to help minimize bowing and twisting.
Other options for the deck flooring and Guard Rail include composite materials, stainless steel cables, Cedar with metal balusters and natural hardwoods that do not require pressure treatment with chemicals to withstand the elements. These products are designed to be as maintenance free as possible. Staining and sealing is generally not required.
Composite decking is generally backed by a stain, fade and performance warranty. Requiring only an occasional cleaning with soap and water, it is engineered to provide a scratch resistant, stain resistant, superior finish that will look beautiful and last for years to come. This type of material can be installed with hidden fasteners so that you will not see any nails or screws on the surface making it look like an interior hard wood floor. Timber Tech and Azek are the manufacturer's we use most often.
For those whom prefer natural products, exotic Brazilian Ipe is a great choice. Long known as one of the most durable and beautiful woods on earth, it is naturally engineered to resist rotting, splitting and decay for 50 years or longer without the assistance of man made chemicals and preservatives. Add a stainless steel cable railing system, and your deck will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Is the sun just too hot to enjoy your deck. Let us build a roof over it to keep the sun away. Add screen walls and we can keep the mosquitoes away as well.