You can’t put a price tag on memories, and memories are made when family and friends get together. Decks offer fun and relaxing space in which to make memories to savor for a lifetime. Decks provide quiet retreats for you on a daily basis and a gathering place for regular entertaining with guests.
A new deck offers extra living space for gatherings, and a beautiful outdoor area that will raise the overall value of your home. Decks provide homeowners a great return on investment. They provide creative ways to decrease your need for backyard landscaping. Customized to match your needs and desires, decks help make the most of your backyard, with an opportunity to create the lifestyle you love.
Where to Begin
When planning for a deck installation, consider the following:
- What deck materials do you prefer and why?
- Are you looking for low-maintenance materials with a higher upfront cost, or a lower upfront cost with higher maintenance needs throughout the life of your deck?
- What types of features would you like on your deck? Do you desire a built-in kitchen, fire pit, and/or built-in seating?
- What is your budget?
The once-popular pressure treated lumber and softwoods provided homeowners with beautiful decks at affordable prices, yet they came with years of high maintenance upkeep needs that drained the time and money of Minnesota homeowners.
The classic wood deck has not stood the test of time when it comes to the long-term maintenance drains it puts on owners. It guarantees many hours of maintenance to keep the deck looking good, waterproofed, insect free, and functional.
Minnesota homeowners looking to install a new deck turn to more modern options in decking materials that offer years of enjoyment with little to no maintenance.
When choosing decking material, look for:
- Initial cost
Here are some of the top choices in decking materials in today’s market. They offer the beauty, endurance, functionality, and low maintenance homeowners love.
This popular option gives you durability, low maintenance, and unmatched style to enjoy for years to come. It has consistent pricing (unlike wood decking which can vary greatly in price) and offers a wide variety of choices to match your style and budget. Here are some popular synthetic decking materials to consider:
1. Wood composite
Beautiful in its appearance, this practical option offers the aesthetics of wood without the hassle of wood’s tedious upkeep. Made from recycled plastic and sawdust, this is the most popular material that homeowners choose for composite decking. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and comes in boards and tiles. Some types of wood composite decking materials feature grooves in the edges of the planks to allow for hidden fasteners.
Saving homeowners hours of high maintenance over the course of the deck’s lifetime, this low maintenance, beautiful decking material withstands the weather variations and weather extremes Minnesota homeowners are well acquainted with. Wood composite decking material can last up to 25 years, giving you many years of enjoyment. They make decking more resistant to the elements than traditional wood decking materials.
Wood composites are splinter-free and resistant to pests, rotting, and warping. There is no need to seal or stain a wood composite deck, making it a long-term space to enjoy with low maintenance. It offers a higher return on investment than other decking materials, and substantial warranty coverage, giving homeowners peace of mind when they choose this attractive option.
2. Plastic Decking Materials
Lightweight plastic decking lasts up to 15 years because it expands and shrinks in the heat. It is made out of several components such as PVC or vinyl, polyethylene, and polypropylene. It offers a durable decking surface that is low maintenance. It doesn’t need sanding, staining or painting like wood decking. It requires a more extensive support structure than lumber because it is not as rigid. Cheap brands can be prone to sagging, so be sure to choose a high-quality brand if you go with plastic. It can tend to look fake, diminishing the natural beauty of other composite materials that are made to look like wood.
When looking for a deck builder
Exterior remodeling contractors come in all shapes and sizes. When looking for a deck contractor, look for someone with a track record and reliability record you can trust. Look for a contractor who uses high-quality materials and expert installation methods. At MN Contractor Pros, we understand how frustrating low-grade products can be. That’s why we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners in the Twin Cities Metro area transform their home with top of the line materials and an experienced team of installation specialists.
- Schedule a Free Consultation—Get an in-home assessment, answers to your detailed questions, and a custom plan to meet your needs.
- Choose Your Deck Design—With the guidance of one of our home specialists, select the top materials for your decking project.
- We Build Your Deck—See your decking dreams become reality as we build your deck with precision and care in every step of the process. We keep you informed from start to finish.
Love your home again
Enjoy knowing that with a new deck made of durable, long-lasting, low maintenance materials, your home exterior has the look and feel you’ve wanted and you can now enjoy it for years to come.
At MN Contractor Pros, our team of experts are dedicated to detail-oriented work and reliable customer service. From our initial visit to your home through the installation process, our goal is to exceed your expectations.
Your contractor for life, MN Contractor Pros, offers you the opportunity to increase your home value, enjoy great curb appeal, and be the envy of your block. Stop wasting time and money on DIY projects and get a decking contractor you can trust. View our deck gallery and schedule a free consultation.