KeyPatio.pro is a deck building company based in East Brandywine. As one of the finest deck contractors, we strive to deliver beautiful outdoor decks. We are fully licensed and insured to work in East Brandywine. 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 East Brandywine 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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If you're considering adding a deck to your home but you're worried about things like cost, maintenance and longevity, look no further than plastic/wood composite materials. Hardwoods like cedar and redwood can make for attractive decks, but nothing beats the durability of a good composite. Decks made with products like Trex, TimberTech or Evergrain are easy to construct, beautiful to behold, and will stand the test of time:
Composite decks are cheaper in the long run. A price list for wood products and composite materials might be misleading. While the initial cost of composites is higher, there's almost no upkeep cost, in dollars or elbow grease. That's because all of our composites are maintenance free - there's no need to water-seal or restain them. Whereas with wood, you might pay $3 per square foot for a good renovation every year or so (and even more than that for resurfacing every 10 to 15 years), composites only require sweeping and an occasional hosing-off. Many composites are even stain-free.
Composite decks are easy to install. Many of our composites are designed specifically for making decks, which means they're less work to install. Many composite decking materials feature tongue-and-groove design, making assembly a snap.
Composite decks are environmentally friendly. Aside from being composed of reclaimed wood and recycled plastics - materials which would otherwise go to a landfill - composite decks don't require wood preservatives, which can leak into soil and groundwater.
Composite decks have a great, consistent appearance. Because composite decking planks are designed from scratch specifically for decks, they're uniform in appearance, without the knotholes or areas of raised grain that can make wood decking difficult to deal with. Put that potted plant wherever you want - with composite decks, you won't need to use them to hide imperfections.
Composite decks age gracefully. The sky can dump as much rain and snow as it wants on your new deck - the planks won't warp. Or cup. Or twist. And the fasteners won't come loose. Many types of composite decking resist scratches and retain their grain over time, and many more are fade-resistant. Whatever you choose, your deck will look as good ten years from now as it did when you first installed it.
Composite decks are easier to walk on in bare feet. What fun is the great outdoors if you've got to leave your shoes on? Composites won't heat up in the sun, no matter how hot it gets. They won't splinter either. So go ahead - kick your sandals off and enjoy the nice weather.
Wood Decks - Building Wood Railings Using 2x4 Pickets
Perhaps the most important consideration in choosing the lumber species to use for exterior decking is the durability characteristics of the lumber to be used. Unfortunately this is not a precise science as wood is a natural species, with significant variations even within the same species. For example a species grown in one country may have significantly different durability characteristics to the same species grown in another country. This may be due to more rapid growth, harvesting at an earlier age or to a lesser extent, differences in processing. Furthermore, similar species may have sub-species which could exhibit totally different durability characteristics.
Due care should be taken that any wood does not contain the outside sapwood. Sapwood of most hardwood species is non durable and will decay quite rapidly even if the heartwood itself is rated as highly durable. With some cypress species in particular, the sapwood is prone to decay extremely quickly. Fortunately sapwood is generally a lighter color, so can be reasonably easily distinguished.
To a large extent, the denser, harder lumber species generally possess higher durability properties. These are often referred to as Class 1 or "Highly durable". Examples of such species includes Ipe, Cumaru, Tallowwood and Ironbark. Under normal conditions, not in permanent contact with water, such species can be expected to resist decay and insect attack for at least 25 years and up to 50 years.
The next group is Class 2 where the lumber species are termed "Durable". Lumber species included in this group also exhibit exceptional durability characteristics and the wood can typically be expected to have life of 15 to 25 years or more. Some species in this group closely approach the performance of the Class 1 timbers even under severe conditions of service and in fact all species in this group may be regarded as approximating the service of Class 1 timbers where conditions are less severe, as in typical decking.
This group includes a large range of species including Teak, Jarrah, Jatoba, Bongossi, Purpleheart, Selangan batu, Western Red Cedar, Merbau, Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, River Red Gum etc.
The third group, Class 3 is termed "Moderately Durable". Such species will give good service without preservative treatment if clear of the ground and used in conditions of low termite hazard and involving only intermittent wetting followed by reasonably rapid drying. Such timbers can still be used for exterior decks but it would probably not be advisable to use such species in severe weather conditions unless a maintenance regime involving the application of good quality decking oil is carried out at regular intervals. Species in this group include Cambara, Kempas, Karri, Eucalyptus saligna.
The final group Class 4 is termed "Non Durable". Timber species in this group are considered unsuitable for exposed decking because of their low natural durability.
But apart from resistance to the ravages of sunlight, rainfall and humidity, in many locations there is another factor to consider - termites. There is no direct correlation between durability and resistance to termite attack so care needs to be taken in termite prone areas. Suitable species with high resistance to termite attack would include Ipe, Cumaru, Jatoba, Teak, Jarrah, Selangan batu etc.
Finally and perhaps of lesser importance is that the lumber chosen should not twist, cup or deform in service. This requires some skill and experience on the part of the lumber mill as the majority of hardwoods require carefully controlled kiln drying to bring the moisture content of the wood down from more than 25% with freshly cut timber to approximately 16%. If the timber is dried to fast it can crack and twist when in service. Even when properly kiln dried, all timber will expand and contract to some extent in service particularly in damp conditions. In such conditions, a timber species with a low shrinkage rate may be preferable. Such species would include Ipe, Selangan batu, Merbau and Teak amongst others.
So in selecting the most appropriate species of lumber for decking, durability is a critical factor but it's not such a clear cut decision as may be assumed at first glance.