Residential Decks & Porches
Fred C. Doppler and Sons, Inc. can build you a new deck or replace/repair your existing deck. Our skilled professionals are experienced with all decking materials from treated wood to composite decking.
The single most important step of the deck building process is hiring a trustworthy, professional contractor to do the job. At Fred C. Doppler and Sons, Inc., we treat your home as if it was our own. We can help you choose the right materials that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. Our professionals will build a beautiful deck or porch that you will be able to enjoy for years to come!
Wood VS Composite Decking: Budget & Quality
Wood Decking: Cost & Maintenance
At mid-price range, cedar, a beautiful wood that gives off an amazing smell, is more resistant to rot but breaks down when exposed to moist conditions.
For a higher grade wood, mahogany or ipe are very hard, extremely durable and attractive in appearance. These two woods have few flaws. While both ipe and mahogany are heavy woods, neither is prone to splitting or cracking, and they age well with little to no maintenance.
The cost of a wood deck will vary according to the type of wood used and size of the deck built.
Most wood decks will need to be sealed and stained every three years or so and, in the interim, if the deck becomes dirty or covered in pollen, use a soft bristle brush and mild detergent to clean the wood.
For those who use a stain or preservative on mahogany, it should be reapplied at least once a year, but the natural color and texture of the wood is beautiful on its own as it develops a striking silver-grey color over time, which is always uniform in appearance.
Additionally, hollow boards are not as sturdy and can hold water internally, which in turn can lead to warping and decomposition. While solid boards expand and contract more than hollow boards, they are stronger and tend to look more like real wood than hollow composites.
Composite Decking: Cost & Maintenance
So what can you do to minimize the damage? Homeowners with pets and those that plan to use the deck a lot should ask about scratch resistant materials. Decks built in direct sunlight may fade over time; consider materials that include UV protection. Composite boards will expand and contract when the temperature fluctuates; to help combat potential damage from this, be sure to hire a professional to lay the boards so they don’t move toward the home or other fixtures.
To clean your composite decking, pressure washing or a soft brush and detergent will rid the surface of most things such as: mildew, pollen and bird droppings.