What About Decks?
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Builder, Deck, Patio Construction
Exterior decks are most commonly made out of redwood. Redwood is best to use as it stands up to the sun and water much better than any other wood. The next best wood to use would be cedar.
Putting a deck together is actually pretty simple. The biggest cost is the material as redwood or cedar are expensive types of wood. The first thing that has to be built is a base for the finish deck to be attached to. This base will van in construction depending on the shape of the area that the deck is to be on. The basic thing to remember is you need a solid foundation and then build up a level or split level base from that solid foundation.
Once there is a base, then the finish deck can be put onto that. The finish deck can be made of 2 inch by 2, 4 or 6 inch wood, 1 inch by 2, 4 or 6 inch wood or even a combination of these woods. The most common is 2 inch by 6 inch with a space of about 3/8ths of an inch between each board.A deck can be put any place where you can imagine it would be nice to have a flat area or split levels of areas that are connected by steps. There can be steps from level to level, handrails for looks and for safety in areas where someone could fall, built-in benches that match the deck, planters that match the deck, holes cut around trees that come through the deck, decks that are built on top of a concrete slab, decks over land areas, decks put onto balconies and anything.
If you put in a deck, or if you already have a deck, the most important thing is now to maintain the deck so that it does not crack and get water damage. All that is really necessary to do is to seal the deck every year. It is best to do this sealing just before the summer as that is when it will get the most sun and will tend to dry out and get the most damage.
The fastest and easiest way I have found to seal the deck is to use a garden sprayer (the kind you pump up) or a sprayer that is similar to that kind of sprayer that is better designed to spray the sealant. The kind of sealant that you want to use is an oil type that soaks into the wood and prevents water from getting into the wood. After you put the sealant on, you will find that water will bead up on the wood like a new wax job on your car. The type that I advise and have had success with is called "Thompson's Water Seal". When you put the sealant on, it is important that you cover anything under the deck that you don't want to get water sealed as it will soak into cement and cause it to be discolored. Besides, it can't be good for plants. First spray under the deck on the support boards and any wood that you can get to that is under the deck. Next spray the top of the deck and spray into the cracks between the boards. It is good to fully coat the boards well as the more sealant that the boards soak up the less water can get in and the longer the wood will last. Not to mention that the wood looks a lot better when the sealant (which is an oil) soaks into the wood. Well that's about it; let me know if you want to know any more. Go to my web site at www.newcastleremodeling.com and find out more.
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