Decks & Porches
Homeowners have more decking choices than ever before.
For fans of real wood, pressure-treated cedar, and redwood are good, traditional choices. But hardwoods are coming into vogue with many choices available. Their longevity puts them in a league with composites, and they offer a luxurious, rich appearance you can't get with other decking. They are more expensive than most other woods, however.
For those searching for something different, composite decking and other synthetic materials such as vinyl are revolutionizing the industry. These products are as close to maintenance-free as you can get, and they last decades. They cost more than most wood, but the payback comes with reduced maintenance (this means no refinishing). The look is very different from real wood, so personal taste is a big part of the decision to use composites or other synthetic decking.
Need more room?
Don't just build a bigger platform. Instead, construct two or three levels. They'll allow party guests to congregate in small groups and provide cozier settings for relaxation. A second level not only multiplies your living and entertaining space, it can be used to break up the long and unattractive flight of stairs found on many elevated decks.