SO YOU ARE THINKING OF BUILDING A NEW DECK AND EXPANDING YOUR LIVING AREA BUT YOU HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS…
Here are some frequently asked questions that may help…
Q? WHY SHOULD YOU USE DECKING INSTEAD OF OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS?
A. Decking adds more value to your home and also adds warmth to any outdoor area. A decked entertaining area is also one of the most popular features families look for when purchasing a new home.
Q? WILL MY TIMBER DECK NEED ONGOING MAINTENANCE AND HOW OFTEN?
A. All timber decks require a minimum yearly maintenance schedule; some decks require more maintenance than others, depending on the decks location. If a deck is fully exposed to the weather, it may require cleaning and oiling more than once a year or a timber deck that is undercover.
Q? DOES CAPPED COMPOSITE DECKING NEED MAINTENANCE?
A. Yes, but unlike timber, capped composite decking does not need to be oiled and only needs cleaning with warm soapy water if dirty. Capped composite decking does not fade or stain and comes with a 25 year product warranty.
Q? IS CAPPED COMPOSITE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN TIMBER?
A. Yes it is, but only marginally and only in the short term. Although initially the deck may be slightly more expensive – by the end of the third year, the long term financial gain from not having to sand or oil the deck yearly has paid for its self.
Q? HOW MUCH DOES A DECK COST?
A. Every deck has different requirements which will determine the end cost. Requirements such as:
- Deck size
- The choice between timber or capped composite decking boards
- The need for a handrail, and if so what type
- The height of the deck
- The need for lighting
- The need for steps – if so, open or closed treads
Questions like these and more will ultimately determine the final cost of your project.