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Archive for April, 2009

Replacing your old Timber Decking

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Now that spring is here, homeowners are inspecting their deck and thinking about replacing the top boards or even tearing it down and putting up a new one.
In the past, most decks were built with pressure-treated timber, hardwood or cedar. However, the market has changed dramatically, and people are getting a glimpse of the trend toward composite wood decking products. It’s predicted that by 2015, these man-made, wood-plastic deck products will account for almost 30 percent of all residential decking sales. The major advantage of alternative decking products is the low maintenance when compared to wood decks.
If you are replacing your deck, you should first decide whether you need to build the deck from the ground up, or if you can keep the deck’s substructure and just replace the top boards. Many substructures on a deck that was built 10 years ago, for example, can still be very solid and might not need replacement. In most cases, that substructure can also be used for composite decks.
While the cost of composite decking is more expensive than pressure-treated wood, these alternative decks can save homeowners money in the long run because there’s no need to strip and stain the deck and they last longer than wood. No matter which way you choose to go, make sure you do your homework and get all the facts.

Author,
A. Mullen

www.betterdeck.ie 

Ireland’s Top Deck

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ireland’s tallest building the Elysian Tower was recently completed in the centre of Cork city . Since its completion it has been awarded Ireland’s Residential Property of the year 2008. This is due in part to the designer’s emphasis on quality and attention to detail.
In a building that stands at seventy one meters tall, with seventeen floors and over two hundred and forty balconies, terraces and walkways, careful consideration had to be given to the decking products used.

Balcony at the Elysian Tower
Over five thousand square meters of our composite decking was supplied for this project. BetterDeck’s products were chosen for its slip-resistance, fire-resistance and structural durability, as well as its unique wood-grain finish.

Author

A. Mullen
www.betterdeck.ie