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July 25, 2018

Still Pondering that Seasonal Deck? Composite Could be the Answer

The month of July is coming to a close and you still haven’t tackled that seasonal deck you promised yourself. Maybe you can’t settle on the wood you’d like to use. Maybe cost is a factor. Maybe you still have too many unanswered questions. Don’t fret, let us help make your decision and this project easier.

When you think of a deck, you probably think of wood as it has been the decking material of choice for decades. However, many people are now looking into composite materials that mimic the look of real wood. This material has seen a surge in popularity making it a high-demand decking option - one that could be perfect for you!

Your time has become one of your most precious commodities. Having said that, many homeowners are selecting composite decking over real wood because it is low maintenance and really easy to take care of. Real wood decks require power washing, staining, sealing or painting on a regular basis. Not to mention the headache of rot, mold and mildew that often accompanies a wood deck. Composite, on the other hand, isn’t susceptible to these drawbacks and will maintain its beauty with some simple periodic cleaning. You can now spend your time doing things that are more important rather than spending hours or even days sealing your wooden deck. Once composite is installed, you can forget about ever having to maintain your deck again!

There’s nothing worse than getting a nasty splinter from your wooden deck. We’ve all been there - spending time with the family, often barefoot on the back deck and then OUCH! A splinter has made its way into your foot. Splinters are common among aging wooden decks; there’s really no way around it. No amount of staining, painting or sealing will stop a wooden deck from splintering. Luckily, composite decking is splinter-free! Its smooth surface makes it an ideal choice for families with children and pets. You’ll have one less worry on your mind knowing that those piercing splinters are gone for good. So, kick off your sandals and enjoy the outdoors with a composite deck material that won’t chip, crack, or fragment.

You may not know that most composite decking is environmentally friendly. This material is made from recycled plastic and reclaimed wood. The plastic is typically shredded polyethylene from milk jugs and plastic bags while the salvaged wood can come from mills. For many, it’s nice to think that a project like installing a deck is a green effort that’s making a positive “green” impact. With so many other harming factors impacting the ecosystem, you may discover that others admire your practical decking decision and follow in your footsteps!

If you’re still pondering options for your new deck, consider composite. It’s low maintenance, splinter-free, eco-friendly, and beautiful! At Fischer Lumber, our team of experienced professionals will help you make the best selection for your budget and needs. We have composite decking on display in our E. Alton showroom and invite you to come see what we have to offer. Don’t delay, come out to 210 N. Shamrock in E. Alton or call us at (618) 259-7434.