A backyard deck is a great way to not only improve the value of your home, but also make your outdoor living space more enjoyable for you and your family. Whether you decide to build your own deck from scratch or hire a contractor to do the work for you, choosing the right materials is important to creating a beautiful and durable deck that can be enjoyed for years to come. Here are some of the most popular choices for building a deck, and even a few exotic choices to suit any budget and taste. Pressure-Treated Wood—This popular and inexpensive choice can give you a functional deck. Essentially it is softwood that has been placed in a preservative bath, and then into a pressurization tank to make it more waterproof. It is usually advisable that you build at least the foundation of your deck with pressure-treated wood so that it will last for years to come. Cedar—Another popular choice for decks, cedar is naturally oily and resistant to water rot. It is also a lightweight wood, making it easy to work with, and is a popular choice for the top decking section of your deck. Redwood—Redwood is similar to cedar […]
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