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.

Installing a Deck Railing

Deck Railings

Deck railings are not only a must have safety feature for your deck, they also add value and curb appeal to your home. There are several deck railing options to choose from. Updating your current deck railing gives your home a new and enhanced appearance.

Deck Railing Options

Many believe that deck railings need to match the material and color of the existing deck. This is not the case. You can use contrasting colors and different materials for your deck railings. Doing so gives your deck a unique and appealing appearance. But of course using the same material for you entire deck is an option as well. It is a good idea to take a look at deck railing options in order to decide which type of deck railing would work best for the style of your home.

For a traditional style home the most common choice is wood railings. When choosing wood for your deck and deck railings, keep in mind that there are still several types of wood to choose from depending on your needs and preferences:

  • Pressure Treated (PT) Lumber: the benefit of pressure treated lumber is that it is readily available and inexpensive. On the downside, pressure treated lumber is susceptible to splitting and warping.
  • Cedar: is moisture resistant which makes it less likely to suffer from splitting and warping, as compared to pressure treated lumber. Because it is a softer wood, it is prone to scraps from furniture. The downside of cedar is that it is more expensive than pressure treated wood. But the lifespan is much longer, around fifteen to twenty years.
  • Redwood: like cedar, redwood boasts some of the same benefits, such as durability due to being virtually weather resistant. Redwood also naturally resists termites. The color of redwood is also beautiful. Because of its great advantages, redwood is more expensive than other types of wood.
  • Composite Wood: is an artificial wood made of recycled materials and plastic. The benefits of composite wood is that it is easy to maintain, will not crack or split, and lasts a long time. Composite wood has become more and more popular over the years due to its ease of maintenance. It also comes in a variety of colors and textures.
  • Wrought Iron: gives you a different look from wood. Wrought iron railings with a wood deck give an elegant appearance. The benefits of wrought iron is added durability compared to wood, and iron can be molded and shaped into different types of intricate designs.
  • Stainless Steel: like wrought iron, stainless steel is durable and low maintenance. It is a great look for a modern home. The downside with stainless steel is that it is more expensive than wood or vinyl.
  • Vinyl: vinyl is a moderately priced option with a modern look. Vinyl is a great option because it is weather resistant. Vinyl is also versatile in regards to style options and colors.

Add a unique accent to your home with the addition of stylish railings. Contact Quaker State Construction today to speak with one of our experts.