Deck Pattern Options

Deck Pattern Options Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverToday, our experts at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado offer some excellent deck pattern options. This can be a great way to dress up your deck and add some interest, especially if you have a smaller space but want to make a huge impact.

With over 20 years of decking experience, the Carefree team has the expertise to build all deck pattern options. We can even set up a beautiful inlay that will be sure to be the talk of the neighborhood. Check out these ideas to get started.

Horizontal Decking

Placing your boards horizontally is one of the simplest and most common deck building patterns. There is virtually no extra work involved, and waste is minimal. That makes it a popular option.

The downside is that the pattern itself is not very interesting. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your space, this might not provide enough flair. However, if you want a simple design that accentuates your deck length, this is the right fit for you.

Diagonal Decking

One of the easiest ways of changing up your deck pattern is to put the boards on a diagonal. You’ll have to install the deck boards at a 45-degree angle across the joists. This has the bonus of being a stronger build structurally.

This technique will require a bit more work since you’ll have to cut the ends of all the boards at an angle. That also means that there is a bit more waste. You can minimize how much with the right planning and preparation, something we excel at to ensure a greener build.

Herringbone Decking

The herringbone style of decking is an interesting step up from diagonal decking. Half of your deck will be diagonal one way, and the other half will be diagonal the other way. This will create a “zipper” effect that looks pretty snazzy. And if you already have a herringbone design in your kitchen or bath tiles, taking the same look outdoors to your deck will create a wonderful sense of cohesion.

This type of pattern requires significant planning, as well as added blocking to the frame because the deck will need the extra support. Make sure you choose a reputable deck contractor for the job.

Inlays in Decking

Adding an inlay to your decking is a bit more complicated. Well, honestly, it’s a lot more complicated. But the payoff is worth it if you want to use different angles to create interesting shapes. You can pick fun patterns like stars, compass roses, octagons, or even curved designs if your installer is talented. You can also change up the colors to make your inlay pop.

Depending on your design, added vertical blocking is needed to ensure that your deck is structurally safe. It will take a lot more time to complete, and result in a lot of waste, but the result will be stunning.

Carefree Decks and Patio Covers is a family-owned company dedicated to making our customers happy. We like to give everyone a unique experience and build the backyard retreat they’ve always wanted. Give us a call and talk to one of our experts. We can discuss and help you pick the deck pattern options that will work perfectly for your home and yard space.

Deck Railing Choices

Deck Railing Choices Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverToday, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado discuss your deck railing choices. The purpose of deck railings is twofold. First, they are there to keep you and your guests safe, so be sure to select a sturdy one. Second, they are there to look good, so it’s important to choose a stylish option.

Let’s take a look at the more common materials that comprise your deck railing choices.

Wood

Wood is a classic choice for deck railings. It looks great, isn’t too expensive, and is easy to customize for the perfect look. With wood decks and railings, you can paint them, or stain them in virtually any color of the rainbow to add a great accent piece to your home.

The only downside is the upkeep. Wood will eventually rot, splinter, warp, or fall victim to insects. You can stave off these unwelcomed effects for a while, but it takes a bit of work.

Aluminum

Aluminum is a great choice for the homeowner who doesn’t want to have to worry about maintenance. It’s still a relatively inexpensive option, and there are lots of styles to choose from. You can also paint it any color you want just like wood.

Aluminum also usually comes with a lifetime warranty. That’s a handy feature. Plus, you know that you can expect a long life out of your deck railing. Aluminum decking, however, is less customizable than wood. You are more restricted to ready-made options, but there are plenty to pick from.

Vinyl

Vinyl railing looks nice and is an excellent option for many deck railing applications. A properly-built vinyl railing is sturdy, will last a long time, and requires little to no maintenance. It can even stand up well against the elements.

Your customizing options are quite a bit more limited with vinyl deck rails. Even the colors are limited, and you should expect to pay extra for anything other than basic white.

If you’re looking for a durable railing, particularly for a second floor, be careful. Sometimes companies use recycled products that are not as strong and may not hold up as well as you expect.

Steel/Wrought Iron

Steel or wrought iron railings are a very elegant option. The material is very strong and can come in thinner profiles. This is great when you don’t want the railing itself to be a focal point or block the background. It is highly customizable and easy to add elegant scrolling and other designs.

Depending on where you live, metal deck railings may require a bit more upkeep. While they won’t rot or fall prey to insects like wood, the enemy is rust. Living in a snowy area like Denver means exposure to the salt used to control ice. So, you’ll have to keep it clean and sealed to prevent it from rusting.

While this is a simplified version of your deck railing choices, you’re welcome to contact one of our friendly representatives here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers to find out even more. We can help you choose and install the perfect option for your home.

What’s a Good Size Deck for Entertaining?

Good Size Deck for Entertaining Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, we’ve heard our customers wondering what’s a good size deck for entertaining. Today, we’re going to give a few tips and point out a few things that will help you decide what the perfect size deck is for you.

Where Should You Put It?

Before you can decide what size deck is perfect for you, you will have to determine where you should put it. Take some time to look at your backyard and think about what will work in your space.

If you want to build a good size deck for entertaining on the ground, it may be better to go with cement or a stone patio instead. Decks are designed to be raised, even if it’s just a foot or two. They can be built on the ground, but it’s more complicated and more expensive than using patio materials.

Take a look at where you have a door from your home, or where you could put one to provide the best access to your deck. Most of the time, there is already a door from the kitchen or living room that leads to the backyard. This is typically a good access point for your deck.

You can get creative with your access point as well. With the growing number of people working from home, some are putting an access point in their home office. That makes it easy to step outside on nice days and enjoy the sunshine while still getting some work done.

Some even put an access point in the bathroom and add an outdoor shower. It’s like having a little mini-resort spot in your own backyard.

Decks don’t always have to be built right next to the house. You can position your deck around or next to a focal point, somewhere in your yard, such as a pool, pond, water feature, or spa. If there’s a spot on your property that offers a beautiful view, consider strategically building your deck to take advantage of it. Simply, run a path from your house to your deck and you’re set.

Now you have the perfect backyard oasis for relaxing and entertaining.

How Big Should It Be?

Now that you know where you want to put your deck, you can start thinking size. First of all, your deck will have to fit in the spot you picked. So, the deck size will be partially dependent on how much space you have available.

But if you could build a deck whatever size you wanted, what’s a good size deck for entertaining? That question isn’t as easy to answer as it sounds. The truth is, it depends on what your definition of entertaining is. How many people do you usually like to have over at one time? What are the activities that you enjoy doing? Are you planning to have an outdoor entertainment center set up for watching the game? Do you need space for an outdoor fireplace or kitchen area? What about a refrigerator or cupboard space?

To give a rough idea, space for a table and chairs for 4-6 people requires about 144 square feet of deck space. To have enough space for 10-12 people you’ll want to up to 288 square feet.

However, that will be just enough space. If you want ample room to be able to move about comfortably, you’ll want at least 392 square feet. This is a good size deck for entertaining for most people. Of course, it still depends on what kind of entertaining you want to do.

What Shape Should Your Deck Be?

A good size deck for entertaining comes in a variety of shapes. Sometimes, a deck has to be shaped creatively in order to fit into the space available. With plenty of space, you have free reign to decide how you want your deck.

There are various options when it comes to the lines of your deck. You can have them follow the lines of your home. Alternatively, you can contrast the lines of your home with some curves. Or you can get really creative and use both straight lines and curves to create an interesting design.

Keep in mind that straight lines give a crisp feel to your deck, while curves add softness and interest. Not sure how to choose the right shape for your home? That’s okay. You can talk to one of our experts here at Carefree Decks. We are happy to help you create the perfect deck design.

How Comfortable is the Spot You Chose?

Another factor to consider when positioning your deck is the comfort of your guests. Is the deck positioned directly in the intense sun? Are there a lot of insects in the area? Does the wind blow often or strong? Is the deck in a spot that provides privacy?

Be careful when choosing the spot for your deck. These comfort factors can make or break the success of your new entertainment area.

There are fixes for these problems, so be creative. For example, if your deck is directly in the hot sun, consider installing a patio cover. Our louvered patio covers are ideal for offering shelter from the sun (and rain) while still allowing the option of opening up the roof and enjoying the sunshine on warm spring or fall days. Alternatively, if the wind is the trouble, consider planting trees or installing a beautiful trellis as a windbreak.

Ready to Take the Plunge?

Now that you have a clearer idea of what’s a good size deck for entertaining and how to position it, you’re probably getting excited about your new deck. And even though winter is just hitting its stride, right now is the perfect time to get the planning stages out of the way. Feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, serving all of metro Denver, to help you plan your new outdoor space. We have over 20 years of experience helping people design and build the deck of their dreams.

How to Pick Your Deck Contractor

How to Pick Your Deck Contractor Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverKnowing how to pick your deck contractor is an essential step in planning for a new deck. At Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado we have put together this guide to help you with this critical decision. Once you read through these tips, we’re sure you’ll see that we’re a great deck contractor to choose and check all the boxes.

Read on to learn how to pick your deck contractor.

Check Certifications

This should go without saying, but here’s your reminder. Good deck contractors will be licensed, bonded, insured and certified. The ones that don’t have this important foundation might be shoddy contractors that may not build your deck up to code. That’s another thing, ask your potential contractor if they will be getting all the necessary permits to build and ask for copies.

Check References and Portfolio

Asking to see their portfolio is not just a great idea to make sure their work looks good. It is also helpful in planning how you want your deck to look. Draw ideas from the contractor’s deck work and point out aspects that you like and want to incorporate into your deck design.

If possible talk to references. Be sure to ask about anything specific that is important to you. For example, the time they took to finish, how closely they stuck to their vision and budget, etc.

Timeline

Your deck builder should be able to provide you with a reasonable timeline, so you can plan when to expect your deck to be finished. Be understanding of unforeseen issues like weather and permits causing construction delays and discuss padding the schedule to account for them. At the same time, talk through how delays will affect your original estimate and overall budget.

It’s not uncommon for some deck builders to lowball a quote to secure your business only to hand over a final bill that is significantly more than anticipated. If there are any issues during the build, you should be notified immediately to discuss next steps. There should be no surprises.

Discuss Your Project

Your contractor should be willing to discuss exactly how you want your deck or patio to be. You don’t want a cookie-cutter deck. You want something with character that goes with the style of your home and fits with your lifestyle. They should be there to guide you, not take over.

A great addition that not everyone thinks about is a patio cover. Enjoy your deck more often with a patio cover since it protects from rain and sun! Carefree Decks has some wonderful louvered options that can be adjusted to offer full coverage from the rain or sun and filtered or full sun.

We hope that this information on how to pick your deck contractor has been helpful to you. You can always reach out to us at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers for more information. We’re happy to listen to your wants and needs and build the perfect deck for you. With 23 years of experience, we have a proven track record of quality builds and customer satisfaction.

Choosing a Deck Material

Choosing a Deck Material Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverChoosing a deck material is an important task. That’s why the friendly team here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Parker, Colorado provide this quick look at decking materials. The right option will vary depending on your situation, including your home’s style, your budget, as well as how much time (and more money) you want to put into maintenance.  

So, let’s take a look at your options when choosing a deck material.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is typically made by mixing waste wood and plastic fibers. Most often, it is designed to provide you with the rich look of wood but offers far greater resistance to insect damage and rot. Composite decking can also stand up to our Denver weather, including hot summers and cold, snowy winters. It also requires less maintenance than wood, just a quick cleaning once in a while. While composite decking is more of an investment than a cheaper wood product, the savings in maintenance over the years will offset the upfront costs.

PVC Decking

PVC decking is an excellent option for those that prefer a low maintenance deck, slip-resistant deck. This lightweight material will not rot, stain or fade, and as a bonus, it is entirely recyclable. Advancements in engineering have made it look more like wood and may even fool you from a distance. While closer inspection might reveal that it’s a substitute, our customers don’t mind. PVC decking can be a great option if you want a long-lasting, virtually maintenance free deck.

Wood

Unlike composite or PVC decking, wood is susceptible to damage caused by both the elements and insects. There are steps you can take to prolong the life of your wooden deck, but that means more time and money are required to keep your deck properly maintained. For example, in addition to annual cleanings, you will need to deep clean and stain or reseal your deck every couple of years if you don’t want it to rot, splinter, fade or warp. Here are two types of wood that are most commonly used for decks:

  • Pressure-Treated Wood – This wood is treated with chemicals to help it last longer, but be careful because these chemicals are toxic. You might get about 15-20 from this deck.
  • Redwood and Cedar – Popular for their natural beauty, they’re somewhat resistant to rotting and insect damage. However, they are softwoods and susceptible to damage and warping. It will take a careful attention to ongoing maintenance to get about 20 years of life.

We hope that this information on choosing a deck material has been helpful to you. Of course, if you have any more questions, or are ready to start planning your new deck, feel free to give us a call here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. Our goal is to take the stress out of picking out the perfect deck for your home. We’ve been making customers happy for 23 years, and we can’t wait to help out on your deck or patio project. Contact us today for a free quote.

Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer?

Dreaming of Building a Deck Next Summer? Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverDreaming of building a deck next summer? Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver has a few tips for you to keep in mind while you are in the planning stages. A little bit of research now will go a long way, giving you a head start on construction next year.

Size

If you’ve been dreaming of building a deck next summer, you may have a lot of exciting plans in mind. This should give you an idea of the size you want to build your deck. So, what do you plan to use the deck for? If you want to throw big parties, we can go big. And if you tend to plan more intimate gatherings with family or just a few friends, our deck experts can create a cozy space.

Of course, don’t forget to factor in the size of your yard and other landscape features. Leaving some green space around your deck can make it feel like an escape into nature. A good way to guesstimate the size is to haul your patio furniture, barbecue, and other relevant items out into your backyard and arrange them how you envision they will be on the deck.

Another thing to consider is that the larger a deck is, the more maintenance it will require. Be aware of how much time you’re willing to put into deck upkeep.

Building Codes

You can’t just design a deck based purely on aesthetics and start building it. First, you will need to check the building codes and zoning rules for your area. The town hall is a good place to get that information. If you work with a reputable contractor like Carefree Decks and Patio Covers, our representatives will already know what the requirements are in your area. Compliance with these codes is essential not only because it’s the law, but more importantly, for safety.

The View

Take a look at what you’ll see from your deck. Remember that the wood deck will be at least a little raised, so take that into account. Do you have a view in your backyard that you love? We can frame it. Don’t want so high of a deck that you can see your neighbor’s overgrown grass? We’ll find the right height, design around a better focal point, even lay the decking pointing in the direction that has the prettiest view. The eye will naturally follow the lines.

If you have a privacy fence in your backyard, the deck may lift you up high enough that you lose a bit of that privacy. An easy way to remedy this is to build a patio cover or plant a few trees to create a nice privacy barrier. It also adds some pleasing green to your backyard scene.

So, if you’re dreaming of building a deck next summer, taking a bit of time to plan what you want now will help a lot. Once you know what you want, or to get some help with planning, talk to one of the professionals here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We’ll ensure that your plans fit into building requirements and you’ll be all set when summer weather returns to Denver.

How to Winterize Your Deck

How to Winterize Your Deck Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverKnowing how to winterize your deck can help prevent unwelcome surprises and damage when spring rolls around. Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has compiled this list of things you can do to protect your wood deck during the winter months here in Denver, Colorado.

Clean it up

First things first, get rid of any debris such as leaves, pine needles or other landscape materials that can absorb and trap moisture on the deck’s surface. Moisture is not good for your wood deck as it can cause mold and mildew to grow. Eventually, the wood itself will begin to rot. Also watch out for other items that will trap moisture, such as potted plants. Either elevate them with something that is more resistant to rot, like cedar, or move them around every once in awhile.

Wash it off

Wash your deck thoroughly with an oxygen-based cleaner to remove any beginnings of mold or mildew or any unwanted stains. It’s a pretty easy task that requires spray a solution (either store-bought or homemade) applied to your deck – get your concrete patio while you’re at it, too. Let it sit for a good 20-30 minutes then just rinse it off with the garden hose, and you’re good to go!

Stain and seal it

When it comes to how to winterize your deck, this is more labor intensive. But, a water-repellent stain or sealant will do wonders for keeping your deck safe all winter. If the current stain/seal is past its prime, you’ll want to strip that off first and then apply a new coat.

Remove the snow

Carefully remove snow to prevent damaging your deck. If the snow is light, use a broom. If the snow is heavy or wet, opt for a plastic shovel over a metal one and scoop in a direction parallel to the grain. This will help keep from gouging or scratching the boards as you remove the snow.

Remove the ice

Ice is a bit tougher. Ice chippers are another popular ice removal option, but it is not a good idea to use one on your deck. It’s almost certain that you will dent or gouge the wood or even cause it to crack. Using salt or other chemicals to remove it can end up causing damage to the sealant or stain that is protecting your deck, so be sure to get a product that’s safe for wood decks.

Build a new deck

To avoid the hassles of protecting and maintaining a wooden deck altogether, simply build a new deck using new materials that are resistant to all the hazards that can damage wood decks. Trex decking is a great option. It’s easy to clean and won’t splinter or rot. Plus it doesn’t require re-staining and re-sealing to keep it in tip-top shape.

We hope these tips on how to winterize your deck have been helpful. As always, our experts here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver are happy to help answer any questions about decking that you may have and get your deck upgraded to Trex. Contact us for details.

How to Enjoy Your Deck This Fall

How to Enjoy Your Deck This Fall Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverNot ready to give up your outdoor space just yet? Carefree Decks and Patio Covers have some great tips on how to enjoy your deck this fall. Just because summer is fading fast doesn’t mean that you have to stay cooped up indoors. Rather, it’s best to enjoy the outdoors while you still can! Soon enough, the deep winter cold will be driving us inside. 

Add some festive fall color

You may have had some colorful blooms spilling from your deck planters all summer long, but now that there’s a chill in the air, those flowers are fading away. To add some color and keep your outdoor deck space looking alive and vibrant, consider swapping out those dying blooms for some colorful fall plants. Fall mums are an excellent choice, along with great cold weather plants like kale and swiss chard as accents. 

Heat things up

Outdoor temperatures may be falling, but you can still be comfortable in your outdoor space with the right equipment. Patio heaters are a great way to lounge outside on your deck while keeping warm. They can even make for beautiful centerpieces. The barbecue is another good source of heat and, of course, delicious food. Who says the party’s gotta stop just because summer is waning? Fire up that grill and pull out all the stops for a grand grill party to wrap up the season. 

Hold off on storing things

If you immediately pack away your patio furniture, outdoor decor, planters, etc., the vacant look that remains is not very inviting. It doesn’t hurt to leave that stuff out and even add some fall appropriate decor until the first snowflakes start flying. That way, your outdoor space still looks inviting and is functionally usable until it gets too cold to be outside. Adding a patio deck cover can also provide protection from the elements and enable you to keep more items out all year. 

The right lights

The days grow undeniably shorter as fall comes upon us and sitting outside in the dark isn’t as inviting as those long summer evenings. Add the right lighting to your outdoor deck space to brighten things up and make it feel like the days aren’t darkening just yet. It also helps keep your space safe, especially around the stairs where people are more likely to trip and fall. Solar lights are an excellent, affordable option for outdoor lighting. 

Do something different

Outdoor activities during the summer are ordinarily more active ones. You might be playing lawn games, or swimming if you have a pool. To make things more comfortable, you might change up the activities a little. Gather around the patio heater for a family game night or set up a TV and watch a movie or the game. If you’ve got a hot tub, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy it. The summer air is often too warm to enjoy the hot tub, but fall provides perfect temperatures!

As you can see, Carefree Decks and Patio Covers has a lot of ideas on how to enjoy your deck this fall. Your deck is a significant investment, and you should get the most out of it!

Why Fall is a Great Time to Build a Deck

Why Fall is a Great Time to Build a Deck Carefree Decks & Patio Covers DenverWe here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, Colorado would like to explain to our potential customers why fall is a great time to build a deck. When people are planning their outdoor spaces, they often don’t think of fall as being the best time to get started, but there are a few compelling reasons why it is a perfect time. Let’s take a look. 

  1. You get your pick of deck contractors

For the very reason that most people don’t think of fall as a great time to build their deck, it is the beginning of the off-season for deck builders. As a result, you don’t have to compete with as many customers, and you can easily get your top pick of calendar dates to get your deck started and even completed in the time frame that you want. 

  1. You may save some money

Deck contractors, especially the good ones, are very busy during the spring and summer seasons when everyone is thinking about their outdoor spaces. During their off-season, the fall and winter, you might see specials and discounted prices to secure your business. If you take advantage of potential savings, it’s yet another reason why fall is a great time to build a deck. 

  1. You can capitalize on the weather

While the off-season runs from fall through winter, fall is a better time weather-wise. It can even be better than spring with its impromptu showers, thunderstorms and dreaded hail. When the weather cooperates, deck contractors can get their projects done quicker and more efficiently which means you get to enjoy your finished deck sooner rather than later. Why not start your deck in the fall so that it can be ready for you to host the first big summer bash next year? 

  1. There is less negative impact on your landscaping

If you break ground on your deck in the spring or summer, any shrubs or plants that you have to move or plant to complete your landscaping won’t look their best until the season is almost over. If you do your deck building in the fall, however, your landscaping will have plenty of time to recover and bloom by the time spring rolls around. You’ll thank yourself when your backyard look is complete and ready for warmer weather. 

Now that you see why fall is such a great time to build a deck, you can start daydreaming about how you want your backyard oasis to look. And what other projects you might want to tackle like a patio cover or a stamped concrete pathway from your deck to other areas of your yard.

Of course, if you need help deciding or have any questions, talk to the knowledgeable staff here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. With our 23 years of experience building decks and other backyard features in the Denver area, we know why fall is a great time to build a deck. Just check out our website for some samples of local projects, and you’ll see how we can transform your backyard into a year-round entertainment space.

Your Choices for Deck Building Materials

Your Choices for Deck Building MaterialsHere at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers in Denver, Colorado, we want you to share your choices for deck building materials. Having at least a general working knowledge of the decking material options out there will help you make an informed decision and settle on the perfect material for your decking needs.

We understand that cost is a big factor. Choosing the best quality, most beautiful materials out there usually requires a heftier investment. However, something to keep in mind when choosing a material is that while some options are more expensive initially, cheaper materials end up costing a lot more in maintenance costs within just a few years – and will generally have to be replaced more often.

For example, cedar and redwood (both softwoods) have been popular for years as decking materials and are not too expensive. However, they require cleaning and resealing each year, the cost of which can add up over time. Composite decking can initially cost a bit more, but with the savings in maintenance costs over time it can end up being significantly cheaper.

Now let’s take a look at some common decking materials and discuss some of their pluses and minuses. The information supplied here will help with your choice, but you can always speak to one of our experts for more detailed information.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood consists of fir treated with chemicals intended to reduce rotting and insecticides to discourage insect infestations. This helps eliminate some of the traditional problems with wood decking. This is a relatively low-cost option, and though it comes in one basic color, wood stains can be used to customize the look a little. It is a hardy deck building material that will last for years as long as it is properly maintained with a new coat of stain or clear sealant approximately every other year. 

Cedar

Cedar is a wood popular for its natural beauty. It is also on the inexpensive side but must be refinished yearly in order to reach its life expectancy of around 20 years. There are two types that you should be on the lookout for, heartwood and sapwood. Sapwood is less hardy and can rot within a few years, so the darker colored heartwood is a better choice.

Redwood

Redwood is also a wood prized for its looks and makes a gorgeous outdoor deck. Unlike cedar, however, it is more on the expensive end of things. It has also become rarer and is generally only available on the West Coast. There are also heartwood and sapwood varieties, with heartwood being the more durable choice. A well-cared for redwood deck can be expected to last a maximum of 20 years.

Vinyl

Vinyl, or PVC, decking is a newer option that has been gaining popularity. It does tend to be on the more expensive side, but a great benefit is that it requires little to no maintenance and usually comes with a 25-year warranty. If you plan to be in your house for several years, the lack of maintenance costs (and the work required) can make that initial investment in this deck material very worth it. 

Composite

Composite decking is a material made by mixing wood fibers with recycled polyethylene. This type of decking offers the natural beauty of wood decking while minimizing the drawbacks. You can choose from several different colors and textures designed to simulate various types of wood. Planks can even be bent with specialized equipment to create attractive inlaid designs and add a unique touch to your deck. It can come with up to a 25-year warranty and while maintenance is minimal, a thorough cleaning every 3 or 4 years will limit mold and rotting problems.

Ipe

Ipe is a hardwood that comes from South America. It is highly prized as a beautiful wood that is much more resistant to decay than the other varieties we’ve mentioned. Its durability comes at a price, however, as the hardness of the wood makes installation much more challenging. The wood itself is pretty expensive as it has to be imported and the price can vary significantly. To maintain its beauty, it needs to be sealed once a year and a well-cared for deck can last up to 25 years.

As we’ve mentioned, when looking at your choices for deck building materials, don’t let just the initial cost drive your budgeting decisions. Maintenance costs can vary widely, and because Colorado has some pretty wild and severe weather, you can expect that maintenance to cost a bit more than average. You might think that you can save money by skimping or stretching the time between re-sealing or re-staining but that can end up costing more as the work required becomes more extensive.

A few new forms of decking are beginning to enter the market, but have yet to show off their long-term results. These include aluminum (which is coated with a substance to eliminate the “ping” sound), wood infused with glass to help lower its maintenance, and thermally cured wood which is also designed to be more resilient and better resist insects, fungus and mold.

All in all, there are quite a few options for decking materials available on the market today. We’ve focused mainly on durability and cost when discussing these materials, but keep in mind the style as well. Your choices for deck building materials will create a different overall look, and you want to choose something that matches the style of your home and adds the right kind of atmosphere. That helps to increase the value of your home for when you sell. Aesthetics are paramount, and a little bit higher initial investment could be worth it in the long run.

To learn more about your choices for deck building materials, don’t be afraid to ask the friendly professionals here at Carefree Decks and Patio Covers. We’ve had over 20 years of experience building custom decks in the Denver area, so we are well acquainted with the climatic rigors of this area and which materials are the best options. Take a moment to look through the gallery on our website, and you will see the excellent work we provide.