“Wait, it’s almost July already? Where did the summer go?”
Chances are, you’ve had this thought in the last week or so. We’re almost to July as the summer, once again, continues to fly by. As with most things on your summer “To-Do” list, many of your home improvement projects are suddenly at-risk of being put off for yet another year.
One of the big home improvement jobs for many people is that outdoor living space. Building that new deck that you can hang out on as your friend come over to grill out and enjoy the summer night. It’s a dream that all-to-often stays a dream and continues to skirt around reality.
But we’re here to tell you: There’s still time! Whether you need to lock down someone to do it for you or you’re going to try to get your neighbor Steve to help you do it yourself, getting that deck before the snow flies is still doable.
If you’re like most people when it comes to a home improvement project, you want to do your research. And decking is no exception to all of those other projects: there are a lot of choices to make. What type of deck boards do I want? Composite? Treated? Cedar? What kind of railings do I want? What color? It never ends.
Fortunately for you, we at Nelson-Young can help you with some of those decisions. We won’t make them for you, but we can help lay out some of the differences for you in some of the different decking options. So here we go….
Let’s start with Azek. Azek is based out of Skokie, IL just north of Chicago, blocks from Northwestern’s campus. And they have turned into one of the most popular decking manufacturers in the country. Here are some benefits of choosing Azek:
The deck boards stand up against tough Midwestern weathers
They resist mold, mildew, moisture, stains, scratches, and color fading
Because of their durability, the deck boards are low maintenance and won’t require frequent staining
Boards are made with 100% polymer
Azek offers 30-year limited fade and stain and a limited lifetime warranty
Azek offers a wide variety of styles and colors available to choose from with an authentic wood look
But with benefits come drawbacks:
More expensive than traditional wood
Next up, Deckorators. This is a relatively new product on the market and obviously new to us here at NYL. Here are some pros of going with Deckorators composite deck boards:
Like all composite boards, these boards will stand up against weather, mold, mildew, stains, scratches and fading
25-year Structural, 25-year Stain & Fade and 25-year Limited Removal & Replacement
Deckorators offers a wide variety of colors and options including more faded, acid-stained looks
Deckorators also offers an easy-install waterproofing system that will keep the area underneath your deck dry
Again, there are some drawbacks to Deckorators composite boards:
We don’t have a lot of experience or feedback with Deckorators as far as long-term durability goes
More expensive than traditional wood although initially cheaper than Trex or Azek