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Wooden decks are a mainstay in America because of their price vs. durability ratio. While it is true that wooden deck floors and railings do not last as long as composite, they’re also half the price (after labor costs) in most cases, leading most homeowners to go with wood even though the price of composite has fallen in recent years. Generally speaking, it is a better idea to use wood on your deck if you plan on moving to another location within 15 years, as in most cases this is the break even point between the cost of composite and wood. Of course there are many factors to consider, which we will go over with you when we meet to talk about your needs.

PROS

  • Half the cost of composite decks in most cases
  • The color can easily be changed if you don’t like it
  • Most people like the wood look over plastic
  • If a piece of the deck is damaged it’s easy to replace
  • Easily added to later if you want more square footage

CONS

  • Does not hold up well against the sun
  • Must be stained every 3-4 years minimum
  • 25 year lifespan (in most cases)
  • Stain could peel prematurely for various reasons causing a costly fix
  • Has a tendency to warp, especially in the sun

Why We’re The Best Choice

We do things that others leave out. Although we’re not the cheapest company in town, we’re well-known to be a good value because we tend to build everything on overkill standards because we like what we do, and because we care about what we put our name on. Only good companies stand the test of time, and we plan to be in the Kalamazoo area for a very long time.

  • Frame sealing (pictured left) – This prevents the frame from absorbing water, allowing it to last much longer.
  • Concrete footers – Depending on the soil of where you live, we will pour a concrete foundation so your deck never sinks.
  • Extra hardware – We use steel hangers and plates to keep joints together, providing you with a safer place for your family.
  • Non-stop progress – From start to finish, we’ll be there every day, not leaving you to work on another project.
  • Friendly crew – You’ll be greeted every day with a smile and upbeat attitude, and we love dogs too!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Generally speaking, it is a better idea to use wood flooring and railings in areas of your yard that do not receive more than a few hours of direct sunlight a day. It is a little known fact that wood stands up better against water than it does to the sun. Not only can the sun cause the wood to split causing nasty splinters, but it also causes dry rot, which is just as fast as rot caused by water.
That depends on how intricate you want your deck to be, but in most cases we are finished in 2-3 weeks.
Yes we can, and this is a popular choice because railings are the most expensive and time consuming part of a deck to stain. If only the floor needs staining, it’s a quick and simple job that can be done in one weekend you have free. This choice is the best balance for most homeowners.