In today’s building industry, there are many types of materials that are used for structural, cost, maintenance, and aesthetic reasons. NJ Decks and Railings is happy to help our customers understand the differences when choosing the right materials to fit their application and budget.
Pressure Treated Lumber
We do not install pressure treated decking and railings because it splits, warps, cracks and shrinks. We have discontinued building deck framing from pressure treated lumber as we have seen decks that are only 10-12 years old starting to show signs of rot. We use only highly galvanized (G90) steel for the majority of the framing, the only exception to this is the posts that support the deck and the framing of the stairs which are still Pressure Treated lumber.
This wood was used quite often in the past because its natural oils help to resist rot. It has become more expensive these days and will last approximately 10 to 15 years if well maintained.
This is the material that most decks were built with prior to 35 years ago. It has become very difficult, if not impossible, to get here on the east coast.
Mahogany, Ipé, Purple Heart, Brazilian Cherry, Jatoba, Tigerwood, Jarrah and many others
These hardwoods are typically resistant to rot and decay, but sometimes tend to crack and split in the bright sun. They are also very heavy and difficult to work with. Each nail must be pre-drilled; drill bits and saw blades dull quickly and must be sharpened or replaced frequently. These hardwoods make a truly beautiful deck, but require constant care and a steady maintenance schedule of seal-coating. These hardwoods are also at the highest price level of any decking material, natural or composite.
This is a newer decking product that is quite pleasing to the eye and lower maintenance than most wood products. Bamboo is also considered an environmentally safe or Green Building Product.
Trex is a composite decking and railing manufacturer. They produce a wood and plastic blend that is at least 95% recycled. Their highest quality product line, Transcend, is a capped composite decking.
The TREX® railing products are unique because they have a matte finish and are not shiny like PVC rails. They also have several types and colors of balusters to choose from. Don’t forget to ask us about Trex lighting as well. We have been a Trex Pro Platinum Contractor for many years and are listed as such on their website. Find out more about Trex at www.Trex.com.
Since we are a Trex Pro Platinum builder, Trex will offer a 10-year labor warranty if both Trex Transcend decking and Transcend or Signature railings are used. Trex offers a 5-year labor warranty if only one of these products is used or if Trex Select decking is used.
We use only highly galvanized (G90) steel framing when building decks, we can use fewer posts under the deck because it is so much stronger than lumber. The steel won’t twist, warp or sag and will last longer than pressure-treated lumber.
Deck Drainage Systems: With a drainage system under your deck, it will allow you to enjoy outdoor living no matter what the weather. We can create outdoor spaces you never thought were possible.
Rubber roofing: This drainage system is unique because it installs on top of the floor joists of the deck before any decking is put down. We can then install a ceiling to cover the framing and the drainage system. This installation allows recessed lighting, ceiling fans, TV’s, speakers, etc. to be installed in the ceiling below the deck.
Haven Underdeck: This system is a drainage system and ceiling in one product and is installed below the framing.
Phoenix Manufacturing, Trex Pergola®, StructureWorks®, Louvered Roof systems, etc.