There’s nothing like a brand new deck to complete a home. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, gardening, or just relaxing and enjoying yourself, a deck is an improvement that keeps on giving. At The Strait & Lamp Group, we can help you build your dream deck. However, before you start, you need to decide what type of deck you want. There are a variety of materials you can use, each with different benefits. While each has unique properties, it all comes down to preference. 

Composite Wood

Composite decks have been gaining a lot of traction over the past few years. Coming in a wide selection of colors and styles, they mimic wood decks in a variety of ways, and can easily match your home’s existing aesthetic. At The Strait & Lamp Group, we offer a variety of types of composite wood to choose from, such as TimberTech, Fiberon, and Azek. 

  • Low-maintenance- Composite decks do away with many of the maintenance concerns that come with natural wood. With composite, you don’t have to worry about staining, sanding, or painting your deck. If need be, a simple soap and water compound can wash away any dirt or grime that may build up. 
  • Durable- Composite decking is extremely durable. It resists scratching, staining, fading, and moisture. It won’t rot, warp or decay, and is insect and splinter proof. It looks just like natural wood, but negates all of the potential drawbacks. 
  • Sustainable- Composite decks do more than look and feel great. They’re significantly better for the environment than natural wood. Typically made from recycled material such as recycled plastic and reclaimed industrial wood, their environmental impact is much less than many traditional wood options. 
  • Aesthetics- For a long time, one of the primary arguments for natural wood was the overall look. However, modern composite wood has become nearly indistinguishable. Featuring beautiful wood patterns and rich believable color, composite wood can imitate nearly every type of wood you could want for a deck. 

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is one of the best materials for a new deck. Hearty and beautiful, Red Cedar is a classic look that blends well with a variety of different styles of home. Whether you’re building a small porch or a sweeping deck, Red Cedar the perfect choice.

  • Durable- Cedar has long been the first choice for decking and housing for good reason– it’s extremely durable, naturally resistant rot, insects and decay. It resists moisture absorption, is low maintenance, and doesn’t easily warp or split.
  • Attractive & Versatile- Cedar is generally considered an attractive wood, with strong color and consistency. It holds up well to staining, bleaching, and other finishes. It can be sanded and treated to become a stunning part of any home’s exterior. 
  • Environmentally Friendly- While it may come as a surprise, cedar is fairly environmentally friendly. The growth, cultivation and production of cedar actually removes greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, it is biodegradable and renewable. 
  • Affordable- While cedar is not the least expensive material to build a deck with, it is surprisingly affordable given the benefits it offers. 

Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure Treated Wood is one of the most popular choices for decking materials. Strong and durable, a pressure-treated wood deck is a classic look that can merge with almost any home style. There are several different types of wood that can be used, such as pine and spruce, which can affect the overall look of your addition. The Strait & Lamp Group has a variety of high-quality pressure-treated wood, such as Culpeper Wood Preservers and Hoover Treated Wood Products, perfect for your new addition.

  • Moisture Resistant- While natural wood is extremely susceptible to moisture, pressure-treated lumber is moisture resistant. The process imbibes the wood with a chemical compound based on copper, to help protect it from fungus that causes decay. 
  • Insect Resistant- Insects can cause severe damage to natural wood decks. From termites to carpenter bees, insects can bore straight into lumber and cause lasting problems. Pressure-treated lumber offers significant protection against insects by adding chemicals such as borate to dissuade insects. 
  • Pressure-treated wood can be easily cut to size and doesn’t splinter easily when using nails and other fasteners. It’s durable and will last much longer than any natural wood. Due to the treatment, it’s also denser and stronger. 

Decks are often one of the most utilized spaces in the home. From hosting events to enjoying your property, you’ll fall in love with your new deck more and more each day. At The Strait & Lamp Group, we can help you build the perfect deck to fit your needs. From deciding on the right material to picking out the tools for the job, we have everything you need to build your dream deck. Visit our website to learn more!