Please forgive the alliteration.
As I think about it, this blog title reminds me of the riddle tongue twister “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
The answer? None! Woodchucks are herbivores preferring tender plants to coarser bark and trees. They do not typically eat hard wood. While woodchucks do not “chuck” wood, they do “chuck” dirt as they build underground burrows.
Speaking of wood, this Birmingham wooden deck builder wants to remind you that we design and build new decks all year long – one of the blessings of living in the Birmingham area.
That means, luckily for you and our clients, our Birmingham custom decks can be enjoyed into the winter months with our mild weather conditions.
In fact, some of our client families enjoy Thanksgiving dinner outdoors on their Archadeck deck. Surrounded by the changing leaf colors of autumn, how awesome is that for a perfect seasonal setting?
WOODEN DECKS OR BIRMINGHAM LOW MAINTENANCE DECKS – THE CHOICE IS YOURS
During your free outdoor living space design consultation, as you share your new deck wants and needs with us, we will review with you the many benefits of having your new deck engineered and build with wood or Earth-friendly composite decking.
Both material choices allow our Birmingham deck builder team to construct outstandingly beautiful and functional outdoor spaces for a lifetime of enjoyment.
THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT A WOOD DECK FROM ARCHADECK
According to the Internet resource Millionaire Acres, from a return on investment (ROI) perspective, wood is a better choice. The average homeowner or house-flipper who installs a wooden deck will recoup 72.1% of that project's initial cost. By contrast, with synthetic composite decking, the average amount recouped is 66.8%.
Our experience proves that you achieve the best ROI for your wooden deck by being conscious of four important factors:
• Sealing it
• Adding lighting and other accessories
• Including a full railing
• Maintaining it on a regular basis
And ROI aside, for many folks, genuine aesthetics matter. If you prefer a traditional look of variegated wood grains and tones -- and its natural feel – wood may be the winning ticket for you.
WHY A COMPOSITE DECK MAY BE YOUR BEST OUTDOOR LIVING CHOICE
As our natural resources continue to diminish over time, recycling and sustainability is impacting virtually every aspect of our daily lives.
And when it comes to outdoor deck materials, that is no exception.
Composite decking boards are made up of both wood and plastic. The wood particles can be anything from sawdust, wood chips, and wood fiber pieces. The plastic components can be either virgin or recycled plastic materials.
The decking boards are made using a co-extrusion process where all of the raw materials are combined and then introduced into an extruder that melts the mixture and forces it through a “die” to form the dimensional lumber shape.
Unlike pressure treated wood, composite decking will keep its great appearance. It won't split, crack or splinter. With very little maintenance, year after year after year, it will keep looking like new.
Occasional care means a quick whisk of a broom or a spray wash from a garden hose. Power washing is not necessary and is not recommended.
So, if you look at it over the long haul, investing in composite decking vs wood will actually save you money over its lifetime.
It is true that composite decking material is more expensive than wood. However, it is valued for its striking resemblance to natural wood and efficiency making it an excellent choice for decking.
Again, it is easier to clean and maintain which makes it last long enough to transfer the same value to the next homeowner.
BIRMINGHAM DECK AMENITIES ARE CRITCIALLY IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER WITH EITHER DECK MATERIAL CHOICE
At Archadeck, job one for us is designing your new deck – or replacement deck – just the way you want it. So when we say “Birmingham custom built deck,” we mean it.
With your preferences in mind, and projected usability of the new outdoor living structure, we carefully consider size, scale, and features, as well as materials.
And material choices are more than just what deck foundation to use – wood vs composite.
To enhance the use of your new outdoor oasis, we’ll discuss the benefits of adding drink rails (virtually a must for entertaining), built-in seating on and around the deck, and custom railings that won’t detract from your backyard landscape views.
HERE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO CONNECTING WITH YOU
At Archadeck of Birmingham, we take the quality, function and aesthetics of our custom decks seriously, contact us today to learn more. And thank you for your interest in us and ultimately your business.
Derek & Carissa Crews, owners Archadeck of Birmingham.