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Now is the time to get your deck done for summer!

It's February and it's cold. The last thing you're probably thinking about is sitting outside on your deck.


Some of you have a long list of home improvement projects that you've been putting off. A common one: a new deck.


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-too-often stays a dream and continues to skirt around reality.


Now is the time to get the project rolling and to make sure that deck is ready to go from spring and summer so you can enjoy it to the max.


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