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5 Things to Consider When Building a Deck

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUILDING A DECK THINKING OF A DECK? Think ahead. visit trex.com or call 1-800-BUY-TREX Most deck planning starts with the usual photo-op in mind, including hammocks, umbrella drinks, and giant friend-filled fiestas. Yet rarely do such plans budget for the five-year experience. Namely, keeping up with the restaining and the water sealing. Dealing with leftover blotches from sunscreen spatters and red wine spills. And what about a summer’s worth of fade marks where the table and doormat used to be? When it comes to building a deck, it’s worth thinking long-term. And that’s where this cheat sheet comes in. While some costs are simple (a 35-dollar board is a 35-dollar board), others cost you things more precious…like a lazy lunch with the kids, time with the paper and straight-up patience. Herewith, we cover the five decision points to help you choose what’s right for you, your backyard and your budget. (Not to mention your weekends.) © 2014 Trex Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Trex®, the Trex logo and Trex Transcend® are either federally registered trademarks, trademarks or trade dress of Trex Company, Inc., Winchester, Virginia.

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MATERIAL What’s it made of? CAPPED COMPOSITE DECKING The ultimate in backyard decking, capped composite is wrapped in a tough-as-nails finish that keeps the beauty in and the work out. PROS The cost of building a deck can be 20-50% labor, so it’s important to consider whether or not this is a DIY project or one best left to the pros. + soap-and-water maintenance + fade, stain, scratch and mold resistant + natural wood-grain finish and – often costlier board-for-board Some of the hidden costs may surprise you, however. For instance, composites are as easy to handle as wood and usually...

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