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Replacing your old Timber Decking

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 

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