Blogs from May 2014
Comfort, elegance and outdoor living space make a deck one of the best home improvement investments you can make. According to the annual Remodeling magazine "Cost vs. Value Report," you'll get back nearly 75 percent of what you pay for a deck if you sell your home within the first year after the deck is built. While pressure-treated "green" Southern yellow pine still goes into 80 percent of all decks, there are several alternatives to this material. Below is a summary of common decking materials and some pros and cons of each.
Advantages: Economical and plentiful, pressure-treated wood lasts around 15 years when properly treated with a water repellent every two years.
Disadvantages: The dominant PT species, Southern yellow pine, checks and splinters as it dries. Left untreated, some PT turns muddy gray. In addition, PT preservative chemical residue may cause health problems.
Availability: PT is widely available at lumberyards and home centers.
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Original Article written by Jennifer Senofonte of the West Hartford Press.
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