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Q: What types of wood and other materials are used for decks?
A: Decks can be built from natural or composite materials. There are many different types of wood that can be used on a deck including pressure treated lumber, redwood, cedar, and even tropical hardwoods.
Q: What is composite decking?
A: Composite decking is made from 95% recycled materials including reclaimed wood as well as recycled plastic. It is a strong option that is quickly gaining popularity.
Q: How should I choose the right material for my project?
A: Pressure treated lumber is the most economical option. The infamous green-tinted wood is still the top material sold today. Redwood or cedar are the most superior of natural options, and composite is manufactured specifically to be strong and long lasting. Composite requires the least amount of upkeep.
Q: What are some of the benefits of adding a deck to my home?
A: Decks increase the value of your home; the design provides curb appeal. Investing in a deck will result in a great return should you choose to sell! Also, of course, you and your family can enjoy a deck for years—it will be the cornerstone of your entertainment calendar.
Q: What size deck should I build?
A: This depends on the size of your yard! Decks typically range from 12 feet by 12 feet to 300 or 400 square feet. When you call Colmenares Plaster & Decking Inc. to come to your home we’ll provide a free estimate and suggest a design that will flow best in your unique yard.
Q: Can you power wash composite decking?
A: It is not recommended, as it could damage the surface. Warranties do not cover damage due to power washing.
Q: Can my old deck be repaired?
A: Yes! There’s no job that is too big for us. More extreme jobs will of course be pricier but we are up for any challenge.
Q: Should I seal my concrete driveway?
A: It is not necessary, but it can help reduce cracks and improve the appearance for longer. If you’re concerned about color fading, you should seal your driveway to keep it looking fresh.
Q: What should I do if my concrete patio is cracked?
A: Repair it! There are a few options of how to do this. You can use a caulk or sealer which is easy and inexpensive, however the long-term durability is limited. Pouring more concrete is also inexpensive and will repair the full depth of the crack. It’s better for larger cracks and lasts longer than caulking. Polymer resins are the best materials. They’re pricier, but penetrate deep and last long.
Q: How long does decking last?
A: A traditional wood deck has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, and a composite (more resistant to the elements) lasts between 25 and 30 years.
Q: Why should I hire a contractor to build my deck?
A: You can of course DIY a deck, but if you want a more complicated design built to flow naturally in your yard, it’s best to hire a contractor. You also won’t have to go through the headaches of building it yourself. Leave it to us!