KeyPatio.pro is a deck building company based in Sadsbury. As one of the finest deck contractors, we strive to deliver beautiful outdoor decks. We are fully licensed and insured to work in Sadsbury. Our company prides itself on providing quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and building a personal relationship with our clients that continues even after your project is completed. Our company will work closely with you through every step of the design and construction process in order to create a customized outdoor living space that suits your needs. With our attention to detail, you can be assured that your project will be completed above and beyond your expectations.
We are the professional Sadsbury custom deck builder that you can reach out to for all of your deck building needs. You may have plans to renovate an existing deck or to build a new deck from the ground up in your yard. Whether you have the desire to construct a small, uncovered deck or an elaborate, multi-level deck with custom features, we can help you to bring your vision to life with remarkable results. We want to give you an outdoor space that adds value and function to your home.
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The materials and finishes that we use on the interior of our homes require cleaning and occasional maintenance; we dust, we vacuum, we mop-n-glo to keep them looking good and long lasting. Without too much effort we can stay ahead of the wear and tear from our kids and our pets.
Materials on the outside, however take a daily beating from the sun, wind, rain, temperature changes, and other environmental elements (in addition to kids and dogs). Those materials need a great deal more care and maintenance but that can be reduced somewhat by selecting the proper materials to suit your goals.
Outdoor decks are subject to a great deal of abuse - the deck surface is especially susceptible to sun and rain. Wood is the most popular surface for decks, but it's also the quickest to wear out. Fortunately there are a variety of deck surface products available that allow you to choose between appearance, cost, and the effort needed to keep your deck looking great for many years.
Natural Wood Decking
Natural wood is the obvious first choice for decking. It's sturdy, attractive, easy to work with, and it comes in a wide variety of types with different qualities and costs.
Pressure-treated wood decking is far and away the most popular decking surface in use today. Most PT lumber is made from Southern Yellow Pine, impregnated with ACQ, a chemical that increases the wood's resistance to rot and insect damage. But treated lumber is often poorer quality material so the wood shrinks, cracks, and splits more easily.
A better choice for "real" wood decks is one of the many woods that have a natural resistance to rot and insect damage. These woods include Western Red Cedar, Redwood, and some species of tropical hardwoods. While these better quality decking materials last longer and look better they also cost more. One of the very best natural deck surfaces is a group of South American hardwoods called Ipe ("Ipe" is Portuguese for hardwood). These are extremely dense, tight-grained woods, dark in color and virtually free from knots. Ipe is very hard, heavy, and difficult to work with but is also very beautiful and is nearly indestructible. Expect to pay top dollar for Ipe materials and the labor to install it.
The use of any type of natural wood decking comes with some negative environmental impact. When pressure-treated decking is disposed of, the chemicals used to treat the wood may leach into groundwater; burning it puts these same chemicals into the air. And while the new ACQ treatment is less toxic than the previous CCA (which contains arsenic) the long-term effects of the chemical aren't fully known.
Much of the tropical hardwood used for decking material is plantation-grown, but some isn't and at the retail level it's nearly impossible to tell the difference. Most folks don't want their decks built at the expense of an acre of rainforest.
Wood Composite Decking
Wood Composite decking has become very popular recently due to its longevity and environmentally friendly characteristics. It's a pretty good imitation of natural wood in workability and appearance.
Sold under names like Trex, Correctdeck, and Timbertech, composite decking boards are made from recycled plastic (usually grocery bags or milk jugs) and ground-up waste wood. It can be cut and attached like real wood and requires almost no maintenance. Composite decking mimics the look of natural wood but varies in appearance and performance depending upon the manufacturer and the ratio of plastic to wood in the mix, usually about 50-60% wood products.
Although composite decking can't be stained or painted like natural wood, many manufacturers produce boards in several colors. Since the color is throughout the material, chips and scrapes don't require restaining to maintain a consistent appearance. And because of the high wood content, the uncolored composite boards weather to a pleasing silver-gray.
As with any decking surface, the method of securing composite decking to the framing can improve or reduce the appearance of the deck. Poor installation can even affect the structural integrity of the boards. Ideally, all decking boards should be installed with concealed fasteners - more effort and expense, but the result is a better looking and longer lasting deck.
There are a few other choices in decking - Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) for example, but they look much less like "traditional" decking than natural wood or wood composite. All-plastic and aluminum decking products also require the use of a large number of end caps, specialized fasteners, and other proprietary parts and pieces that can detract from the overall appearance of the deck.
Your choice of decking depends upon the desired appearance, budget, and your tolerance for the required maintenance of different materials. A good balance of those characteristics should result in a deck surface that the whole family will enjoy for many years - kids, dogs, and all.
Planking the Deck of a Model Ship
Building a wood deck around an above-ground pool not only enhances the enjoyment of the pool, it improves the looks, as well. It provides a place to sit and take in the sun between dips and helps keep the pool cleaner. But exactly how does one go about building a deck around a pool? This article will give you some pointers.
There are two aspects that make building a deck around an above ground pool tricky. The first challenge is that you're building a square deck around a circular shaped object. Lumber comes only in straight and rectangular shapes. You can't go out and buy a curved board.
The second challenge is that you're building a deck unattached to any structure. Most decks are bolted to an existing structure, like a house. This requires the inclusion of extra bracing to keep the deck from toppling over.
When it comes to designing a deck around a round pool, you have a couple of choices. One is build a square deck with a round hole in the middle to accommodate the pool. This design is easier to build as the framing members are all going the same direction. The deck boards, running perpendicular to the framing, are also going the same direction.
The other design option is to build your deck in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. This design is more aesthetically pleasing as it "follows" the shape of the pool more closely. This type of design is more complicated to build, so if you lack experience, it will take longer to build than the more traditional square deck.
One cool idea is to build a deck around your pool and also attach it to your house. This way your swimmers can go directly to the pool without going through the yard picking up loose grass and dirt with their wet feet.
The first step for either design is to assemble the pool where you want it located. Make sure you have the necessary room between the pool and any obstacles to build the deck. If you're attaching the deck to your home, make sure the deck is no higher than the top of the pool.
Build a square deck just like you would a normal square deck. When a support beam or floor joist is terminated by the pool, just hold the member back an inch or two and provide some kind of support for it.
Run the deck boards like you would on a normal deck, but trim them back an inch or two from the pool side wall. Don't leave a gap larger than 2" as this can become a hazard for little feet.
To build an octagonal or hexagonal deck, you're going to divide the area around the pool into either six (for hexagonal shaped decks) or eight (octagonal shaped decks) sections of equal size. You will run support beams out away from the pool perpendicular to the pool side.
Then fill in each area with short joists running away from the pool. Lastly, attach the deck boards across the joists and "parallel" to the pool side.
Don't forget to add railing if the deck is 30" or higher than the ground. And steps to the yard can also be convenient.