Pressure Treated Decking – Pressure Treated decks are the least expensive decks to build. Unfortunately, they are also the most expensive to own. Pressure Treated requires yearly maintenance including cleaning and staining. Even then, some boards will likely need to be replaced in as little as 8 years, and the entire deck will need to be replaced in 15-18 years. Without regular maintenance, this lifespan could be cut in half. Builders America always installs pressure treated decking with corrosion resistant deck screws – never nails. This eliminates any chance of nail pops and trip-hazards.
Composite Decking – Often identified i deck building by the brand name Trex, composite decking is available from a variety of manufacturers including Trex, Moisture Shield, Fiberon, Lumberock, TimberTech, and many others. A composite deck is made from a combination of wood and synthetic materials, often containing up to 95% recycled content. Aside from an occasional cleaning, this material is very low maintenance and will resist bugs, rot, and fade. Warranties range from 25-50 years with some products carrying a lifetime warranty. Composite decking comes in a variety of natural colors and styles. For our composite decks, Builders America delivers a variety of style enhancements including picture framing the deck and installing decking with hidden fasteners. We top our rails with matching composite rail caps which protects the rail from weather damage and enhances the appearance of the overall deck.
Brazilian Hardwood Decking – Brazilian hardwoods, including Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru, Massaranduba, Grapa, and others add a rich elegance to your deck that is second to none. No composite or softwood decking can come close to the natural beauty of these materials which are sustainable harvested and naturally resistant to bugs, rot, and decay. Brazilian hardwood decking does require regular maintenance to maintain its rich color. Regular cleaning, light sanding and oiling will maintain the natural beauty of the wood. Neglected decks can be restored with cleaning, thorough sanding, and oiling. Builders America follows strict construction guidelines to ensure that your Brazilian hardwood deck lasts a lifetime. End-grain wax and predrilling is used throughout construction to eliminate splitting. Picture framing and transition boards are used to give a truly elegant look.