Decking at Franklin Building Supply
From traditional wood to the newest composite decking and railing materials, each of Franklin Building Supply’s locations has everything you need for your deck project. Whether you’re building a new deck or you’re updating an existing one, our experienced sales representatives will walk you through the features and benefits of every option, helping you choose products that fit your lifestyle and budget. We also offer delivery with the purchase of your new deck. Come in to any of our stores today for a hands-on and helpful start to your new deck.
The most fundamental question when starting a new deck is what material to use. There are benefits and limitations to each option. Defining your goals and expectations for budget, longevity and the aesthetic look of your deck will help you choose which material is right for you. Below, we have a good overview of several common decking material choices and their features and benefits.
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Beautiful and Sustainable
There is no denying that wood decks provide a natural, timeless beauty. There are many types of wood that can be effectively used for decking. Some are more resilient than others and each provides its own unique look. Redwood and cedar are generally the most popular wood choice. They are abundantly available, moderately priced and sustainably harvested, making them perfect choices. Pine and fir (often pressure treated) are also occasionally used for decks because they are less expensive, but they are also not as resilient as Redwood and are more susceptible to warping and splitting. There are also many exotic hardwood options available by special order that can bring a stunning and unique look to your outdoor living space – call us today to find out more about what hardwoods are available.
Wood decks do require maintenance – in general, they will need to be either painted, or stained and sealed every 2-3 years. A typical, well-maintained redwood deck will last 15-20 years. A fir/pine deck can last 10-15 years. Amazingly, some hardwoods (like ipe) have been shown to last more than 70 years. One benefit of re-staining and re-treating your deck is that you have the option to choose a different color to highlight different features, or compliment a new house color without fully replacing the material.
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Composite decks have soared in popularity recently for two main reasons: lower maintenance and the extensive improvements in their aesthetics. Although composite should be sprayed off with a hose and maybe some detergent with a scrub brush every so often, they never require re-staining or treatment with chemicals. This makes them very popular for people who want a no-hassle way to enjoy their outdoor living space.
Composite decks do have a higher price tag than their wood counterparts, but many people justify the upfront cost with the lower maintenance and extended lifespan (composite decks can last 30+ years). Another nice feature of composite decks is that the majority of the materials used to produce the boards are recycled.
Early generations of composite decks were criticized for looking fake with very few, unpalatable color choices, but the latest generations have done a fantastic job of creating a multitude of colors from bright and bold to subtle and natural, even beautiful wood grain patterns. If you haven’t seen new composite deck materials, stop into your nearest Franklin Building Supply today. You will be impressed with the improvements in the technology and appearance.
Keep in mind that if you are just redoing the surface boards of an existing deck, composite boards require different joist spacing in your substructure than natural wood decks, so some modifications may be necessary if you want to switch from wood to composite. If you are starting a new deck, then your options are wide open. Come into any of our stores, or call us today if you have any questions about your decking project – our friendly and knowledgeable experts will be happy to assist you with material choice, stain/finish and deck design or anything else related to your deck.
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Safe and Aesthetic
Today’s railings should be thought of not only for the safety they add, but also the 3D aesthetic they bring to a deck. There are many options for railings on the market today – understanding all the options is vitally important to building your ideal deck.
Traditional wood railings are classic, warm and beautiful. Composite decking manufacturers are now making maintenance free composite railing systems to match their decks and metal railings are very popular for their strength and minimal profiles to leave the maximum amount of view possible. Which railing system will be right for you will depend greatly on your specific project and expectations. Call us or visit us today to discuss all the different options available.
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