Fall is the Perfect Time to Remodel Your Deck

Considering an extreme deck makeover, but not sure what time of year is best to undergo such a remodeling project? Many homeowners believe that the spring is the best time with summer right on its heels. Those in the deck construction industry would disagree. To use your investment wisely, deck professionals would argue that fall is the most optimal time to hire a deck contractor. From cost savings to minimal disruption in your daily activities, there are multiple reasons to begin your extreme deck makeover as summer comes to an end and the leaves begin to fall. Continue reading

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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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

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

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.

Common Deck Railing Questions

Deck Railing Questions

Owning a home is a joy but it also requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Very often owners focus more on the inside of their home and overlook the exterior. But we highly encourage you to focus equally on both the interior and exterior of your home. The beginning of the summer season is right around the corner which means lots of outside gatherings and barbeques at your home. Is your deck ready? Not only should you be concerned with the esthetics of your deck but you want to ask yourself,
” Is it safe?”

What to Consider

  • Does your Deck Have a railing? – Having a deck railing is essential to creating a safe deck. Although building codes differ from state to state, it is generally recommended that a deck higher than 30” above grade should have a deck railing 36” or above in height.
  • Deck Railings

  • Deck Railing Options – Before you consider deck construction think about the design. You want to be sure this deck adds some beauty and monetary value to your home. To start look through a few home décor magazines or online photo galleries to get a few ideas. Other things to consider:
    • Style of your home
    • The view or lack thereof from where the deck would be positioned.
    • Maintenance – If looking for low maintenance product composite railings are a great option.

Composite Railings

Composite railings are great because they require no staining, refinishing or repainting. In addition they are very easy to clean. There are several types of composite railings available.

  • Horizon Railing – Comes in four different colors: black, white, bronze, and dark walnut. It can work with a variety of infill’s and it is great option if you want something that stands the test of time. It is a flat top rail.
  • Natural Railing – If you desire a natural wood finish without the work it takes to maintain its beauty; this is your railing. It comes in two different tones: redwood and mahogany.
  • Symmetry Railing – This state-of-the-art composite is top flat rail with an aluminum sub rail. If you are looking for elegance you want to consider this railing. It comes with a matte finish and refined lines.

These are just a few options for our Pittsburgh customers looking into deck construction work. We would love to discuss more options and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today!