Are Decks a Good Investment?

From early Spring to late Fall, especially in western Pennsylvania, a love for the outdoors can be enjoyed right from the comforts of your own home. Deck additions are a great outdoor enhancement to any home.  For many, it is a great alternative to indoor entertaining, but to others it is an oasis of serenity in a busy world of technology and electronics.  No matter your preference, you may still question —will adding a deck be a good investment for my home?

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Keep your Family Safe this Season with these deck maintenance tips

Deck Maintenance This Season

Maintaining your deck is important, and it is always a good idea to take these steps before winter rolls in. Decks are often overlooked when it comes to general maintenance, but can become safety hazards if not properly maintained. This is especially important is the weather this Thanksgiving is warm enough for entertaining outdoors. Also, an advantage to completing deck maintenance in the fall is that come spring your deck will be ready to enjoy with little to no hassle.

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Top Deck Building Trends of 2017

If you are considering adding a deck to your home this spring, or you want to remodel your current deck, there are countless items to consider. From material to design, and everything in between, you want to be sure you’re going to love your deck. It should be a unique, comfortable place to relax or entertain family and friends. Decks are no longer generic. In fact, the many options, styles, and designs you can choose from allow you to create an outdoor living space that is like no other. Consider these current deck trends as you plan your project: Continue reading

Can I Extend My Deck During an Extreme Deck Makeover?

Thankfully, Quaker State’s answer to this question is typically “yes.” Many homeowners choose to have an extreme deck makeover in order to update the look of the deck, to convert it to low-maintenance material, and often, to change the size of the deck area. You may be wondering if a size change is possible, but it really is a fairly easy and feasible project, especially for the Quaker State team, which has over 50 years of experience in deck remodeling and construction.

How Deck Resizing Happens

Whether you have a wood or composite deck, extending the space during an extreme deck makeover requires the same basic process. The construction team will take off the old wood or composite boards and ensure that existing footers and framing are up to code and safe, replacing anything that doesn’t meet building standards. After a building permit is obtained from the township, the team will install additional footers and framing that properly support and flawlessly connect the extra decking to the existing structure. From there, the deck replacement continues with new boards, railings, and finishing accents being installed. The final result is a larger deck with a modernized look. The deck gets a makeover and extended space without the homeowner incurring the high cost associated with installing a brand new deck.
Interestingly, some homeowners start with a large deck and find that they don’t need or use some of the space. In this case, Quaker State can actually cut back the size of the deck during an extreme deck makeover. By simply removing framing and footers, the deck size can be reduced to leave homeowners with a manageable yet useful space.
The only rare cases in which a deck extension cannot be completed are if the township has a zoning confinement and will not issue a building permit, or if space or landscape of the property will not safely accommodate the additional footers and framing that would need to be installed.

What are the Resizing Options?

Depending on the space available on the property and the homeowner’s needs and lifestyle, there are many options for extending a deck:

  • Bump out-This small addition creates a designated space for a grill or smoker. With a bump out, you’ll no longer have seating or lounging area being taken up by an appliance.
  • Extend-This addition will add more space to one side of your deck, creating more room in one direction rather than expanding the deck on all sides.
  • Gazebo– A gazebo is a beautiful and functional addition to make on a deck. Gazebos allow you to enjoy the outdoors while protecting you from rain or intense sun. If the gazebo is big enough, you can set up a table and chairs for an intimate meal. A screened in gazebo will also keep the bugs out on humid spring and summer days.
  • Add Square Footage-This addition involves expanding the deck on all sides, leaving you with the space you need to relax, entertain, and enjoy friends and family in your outdoor space. 

No matter what you want to do to extend your deck, the professionals at Quaker State Construction will design and build a beautiful addition that will serve you and your family for years to come. If you’re considering a deck extension, contact Quaker State at 800-262-DECK to schedule a consultation.

Should I Build a Wood or Composite Deck?

If adding or rebuilding a deck is on your list of home improvement wishes this spring or summer, then you should probably start thinking about what type of deck you want to build. You may have a style, budget, and size in mind, but there are a few other questions you should be considering. One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your deck is what type of material to use. The two most common materials currently being used for deck building are wood and pvc capped composite. Continue reading

Upgrade with Deck Accessories

Deck Accessories

Springtime is here which means more time is being spent outside enjoying the beautiful weather that this time of year has to offer. If you like to spend time outside on your deck grilling, entertaining or just relaxing, then you probably want it to be a sanctuary that you enjoy. The addition of deck accessories is a great way to spruce up your deck to show off to your friends and neighbors or just enjoy for yourself. There are several deck accessories available, each with their own benefits from sprucing up your deck, to creating mood lighting. Deck accessories are perfect for those that not only love to enjoy time outdoors on their deck, but take pride in their homes and want them to look sleek and stylish.

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What About Timbertech Decking?

Timbertech Decking

There are many options when it comes to decking and one option includes composite decking such as Timbertech.

What is Timbertech Decking?

Timbertech decking is a type of composite decking. It is a manufactured substance that stands up to the elements of the outdoors better than that of a natural wood deck.

Composite Decking

Composite decking uses a mixture of wood flour and plastic (usually a 50/50 ratio) to create a low maintenance decking material. Composite decking comes in a variety of colors and has a look similar to real wood. Timbertech’s composite decking has six different products to choose from. Each vary based on price, durability and color choice.

Timbertech Decking

  1. DockSider- as the name suggests, this is a great option for docks and other high traffic public areas that will get a lot of use. It comes in two color options: grey and cedar and includes a 25 year limited warranty.
  2. Legacy- resembles that of a hand-crafted hardwood floor. It comes in four color options: mocha, pecan, Tigerwood, and Ashwood. It also includes a 25 year fade and stain warranty.
  3. Tropical- this option is all about the color and natural wood grain look. The colors include: Antique Palm, Caribbean Redwood, Antigua Gold, and Amazon Mist. These options will give you the look and feel of a tropical paradise. Tropical composite decking also offers a 25 year fade and stain warranty.
  4. TwinFinish- a two-sided composite decking plank offers a slip resistant surface and value for the money. TwinFinish comes in two colors: cedar and grey and also includes a 25 year limited warranty.
  5. Reliaboard- the least expensive option with its flat grain planks. Reliaboard allows a low maintenance deck to be available to consumers for an affordable price point.

Advantages of Composite Decking

There are many advantages to owning a deck made of composite materials which is why it is so popular among homeowners.

Longevity: composite decking lasts a long time compared to wood decks. Wood is susceptible to the outdoor elements such as sun, wind, snow and rain. The weather can leave wood decks faded and worn. Composite decking resists the elements increasing its longevity.

Durability: composite decking resists not only fading and wear, but scratches, splintering and chipping as well. Composite material is made to be durable and to maintain its appearance for years to come. Composite decking is also stain resistant and easy to clean.

Low Maintenance:
composite decking does not need to be painted or sealed like traditional wood decks. Cleaning is also a breeze as they can be hosed off or cleaned easily with soap and water. Composite decking is resistant to mold and mildew as well and with regular cleaning can be kept looking brand new.

Adds Value: decks add value to your home. Decks offer not only a nice aesthetic, but a charming place for entertaining, relaxing or cooking outside. Homes with decks are more sought after and can be sold at a higher price.

Safety: because composite decks are durable and don’t splinter or warp, this provides added safety. Also some types have slip resistant surfaces for added safety and security.

Peace of Mind: because composite decking comes with a warranty, you can rest assure that your deck will be protected if it were to fade or stain.

Why Chose Timbertech?

There are many advantages when choosing Timbertech decking materials. Timbertech is a trusted name in composite decking and offers a variety of styles, colors and pricing to fit almost anyone’s needs.

If you are in the market for a deck and want to learn more about your composite decking options, contact Quaker State, their deck building specialists can assist you with choosing the right deck and accessories to fit your needs.