New Construction

Pressure Treated (Green Treated)

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Why Pressured Treated? If economy and longevity is what you’re looking for, then pressure-treated wood may be what you’re looking for. It’s stainable and hard enough to resist abuse. Standard treated decking is less than cedar and composite materials.


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Why Cedar? If a natural look of wood is top on your list, use cedar. The heartwood of the tree (the deeper colored red part, not the white sap part) is rot resistant. Cedar doesn’t readily absorb moisture — and, since moisture is what creates twisting and splitting, cedar decking tends to lie flat and straight. You can expect a lifespan of 15-20 years for cedar decks.

Things to Consider with Cedar: To retain the color, you have to clean it and reseal it every year or two. Cedar is also soft; when used for stairs or for decks where furniture gets dragged around a lot, the edges in particular can get beat up easier than other materials.

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Why Composite? If near-zero maintenance is your goal, composite decking is your answer. Most composite deck materials are made from recycled plastic and wood chips or sawdust. It’s more expensive than cedar for a wood deck, but once it’s down, it won’t rot, splinter or twist. Additionally, the color change is even. You can even stain most types after four to six months. Since the material is defect free, you can use every inch. Maintenance involves spraying it off with a hose.

Things to Consider with Composite: Some people don’t like the look as it is a man-made material and it’s cold on bare feet.


Over time decking can warp, crack, rot and discolor. In some cases repair is a viable option over a complete replacement. All About Decks will be happy to take a look at your deck to help you determine if a repair will meet your needs and budget.

Maintenance & Preventative Care

Deck Cleaning (Power Washing)

Cleaning (power washing) your deck is often the first step to restoring a deck whose material still has life left in it.

Deck Sealing & Waterproofing

Sealers work by penetrating the wood to protect it from rot-causing moisture. Molds and algae can prevent a sealer from getting to the wood, so your deck has to be thoroughly cleaned before applying or reapplying sealer. Sealers are permeable; they allow the wood to “breathe,” allowing normal humidity to enter and leave over the course of the day. They prevent excessive moisture, like rain droplets, from getting into the wood and staying there. The more pigment a sealer has, the less permeable it is.

Waterproofing and sealing are not the same thing. Though some sealers provide some waterproofing, a separate coat of waterproofing is your best bet against problems caused by moisture. The best way to find out if your deck needs waterproofing is to sprinkle some water onto it. If it beads up, you’re fine. If it soaks in, you need to waterproof your deck.

Deck Staining

Staining is an important part of protecting and adding a vibrant look to your deck, along with these benefits:

  • Staining protects against mold, aging and insects
  • Can add a decorative look to your deck
  • Adds protection against sun damage
  • Adds value to a deck

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