Decks and Outdoor living
~ Measure Twice. . , Cut Once and Leave What You Don’t Know to the Professionals ~
Mother Nature, Meet Lexan
Don’t let wet weather put a damper on your outdoor plans. Using cutting edge technology, Coddington Construction, Inc. can create additional living space with the installation of a Lexan™ covered aluminum roof system. Lexan™ is a polycarbonate material considered to be a high impact material with excellent properties that enable this material to be used where many others have failed. It is virtually unbreakable, making its products extremely safe in areas where parts may be exposed to high impact. Lexan™ polycarbonate is UV stabilized giving it effective resistance to sun exposure. Pair a Lexan™ roof cover with a powder-coated aluminum structure and prepare to enjoy years of low maintenance protection from the elements!
Traditional porch covering can be a remarkable outdoor space. They will extend your time outside.
Decking Materials Review
At Coddington Construction, Inc the question we hear more often than any other is “What is the best decking material? The answer is that it really
depends on what you are looking for.
We feel that you should approach choosing a decking material as a process of elimination. This way you can reduce the hundreds of
products to a manageable list of choices.
Composite decking materials truly have improved over the last decade. Most old problems like mold and mildew have improved. Nevertheless it is
important to find a product that has a good warranty in case of a problem. You can find the details and lengths of the warranties on all of the products web
pages or from the contractor installing your deck. Composites come in a wide variety of finishes and manufacturing technologies. The most popular use a combination of wood and plastic fibers. Most homeowners are drawn to composites because they are considered low maintenance.
Wood is the most commonly used decking material. Several species of wood can be used, but a regionally available
species usually predominates in any particular locale.
Cedar is a fantastic choice for a deck building material because of its combination of unique properties. It is dimensionally stable meaning that it lays flat and stays straight. Even grain and consistent density make it less likely to warp, cup, or twist. Its fragrant, dark-colored heartwood naturally resists rot and insect infestation in outdoor environments without the need for preservative chemicals. It has a rich, warm, aesthetic quality offering a range of natural hues, tight grain patterns, and soft textures. Fresh cut cedar will come in a wide range of honey/peach shades of light brown. When exposed to weather it will change in color to silver gray. Cedar’s softness makes it easy to work with and readily accepts protective stains although its sawdust can be irritating to the skin and lungs. Its thermal properties allow it to stay cool to the touch in summer heat. The price and availability for different types of cedar wood will vary from region to region. The trees grow principally in the Pacific Northwest forests, providing home owners in the region with an abundant supply at a less expensive cost than other materials such as redwood and composite decking. We recommend that Cedar be protected by the use of a stain.
Brazilian Hardwood decking such as Ipe’, Ironwood and Tigerwood, offer a variety of color, design and texture choices. All Brazilian hardwood has the beauty that only nature can provide. Naturally resistant to rot & decay, Brazilian hardwoods often last up to four times longer than other decking materials and require no maintenance! When compared to composite or pressure treated woods the initial material cost may be higher, however the overall value of Brazilian hardwood decking is very high.
The appearance of the material is a very important and personal decision. There is a wide range of colors, textures and installation systems available. Find out if the colors will fade or if the surface will easily stain or scratch. Getting your hands on some samples at this point might be helpful.
The final factor is cost. Once you have narrowed your search to composite or wood, you can begin to decide on the specific grade, style & pattern. Remember that composite material will be 1.5 to 3 times the price of wood. But before suffering from sticker shock you should consider that you will be saving the time and expense of staining your deck every year. Most estimates show that the material costs even out after about 4 or 5 years.