We are a premium home deck builder from deck design to installation and completion. The cost to build a deck from composite decking, vinyl decking to Pressure treated decking boards vary greatly. Before diving head first into your deck project know the differences in materials. Below I'll go over a few differences to help you decide on materials on your next quote. Below you'll see two photos of before and after of one of many decks we have completed. You'll see we can do whatever your heart desires. Pick the elements within this deck photo.
Decking boards 5/4 x 6" P.T Brown
First on the list would be select 5/4 decking boards Brown. 5/4 is 5 @ 1/4" so 1 1/4 inches thick by 5 1/2 inches. Brown refers to sienna coloring. Brown decking boards look great as this color are the new replacement for green. Saying this we have to remember its still pressure treated material and will have to be painted sooner then later to preserve your investment.The select are the most common decking boards on the market. Great value compared to other decking materials. If your installer doesn't fasten these boards properly they can twist, crack or warp easier then other decking options. The reason for the possible warp crack twist is the thickness. It's just enough material to cover your deck and look good but this is your standard deck covering.
2 x 6 Brown/Seinna Pressure treated
2 x 6 brown/Seinna P.T is a upgrade from your 5/4 decking boards. Heavy duty decking, strong and durable. 2 x 6 decking is beautiful as it tends to stay straighter then your 5/4 decking down the road. The thickness of the 2 x 6 P.T decking Looks more high-end and besides being heavier then your 5/4 decking boards we find it easier to work with off the fresh lift of lumber. Price point is higher in cost then your 5/4 P.T decking but you get what you pay for.
Vinyl decking is great for waterproofing underneath a second story deck. It comes in many shapes and styles. Installation is seasonal as the glues will not set in cold temperatures or if its to hot the glue will not harden. Some vinyls have cold temp adhesives but its only good down to 5c min. Hot summer days around 28c and up its not advisable to set your vinyl down at all. The standard thicknesses of vinyl decking are 45mil and 60mil. Some manufacturers vary from this standard, producing vinyl that is as thick as 68mil and 80mil. Thicker doesn't mean better. The hard surface is prepared with 5/8 good one sided plywood. Your flashing along the house is installed and the perimeter of the deck with drip edge flashing. Water proofing with vinyl is great when you use under your deck as well. Ask us about your options before deciding on your decking surface.
Canyon Grey 60mm Vinyl decking
Decking hand rails come in many different styles and options. The most popular deck railings are aluminum, glass, wood. Your professional deck installer will know these many different option and price points. Listed below are the advantages and dis-advantages of each railing system.
Aluminum handrail comes in may colors and a handful of designs. Aluminum handrail is the most common deck railing due to cost, look and functionality. Custom color match is only done with are professional painters using a special equipment. Aluminum post can protrude through the top railing or you can have a continuous top rail. Post spacing is between 6-8ft depending on code of your deck build. Lag bolts fasten the post down to make them secure. Caulking is used on the bolts if they are being fastened to a dry deck aka vinyl. Aluminum handrails are low maintenance which most love while others want more custom details which brings us to glass railing and wood railings.
Glass railing is beautiful for transparency. Glass railing is similar to aluminum railing in that top, bottom and post are aluminum. essentially you are replacing the pickets of the aluminum handrail with glass. The glass in the handrail can come in many different hues and a few patterns. These patterns and hues do complement certain homes in style and design. There are column upgrades that add even more beauty to your outdoor living space within the railing which are color matched to your home. Price point is higher then aluminum railing.