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Have you been thinking about expanding your living space? By adding a deck or patio to your backyard, you create a great place to share meals and cocktails with family and friends, and a relaxing place to unwind after a long day’s work. Best of all, by engaging in this American tradition, you increase your home’s equity in a stylish and practical way.

At Weather-Tite Exterior, we believe that nothing is more rewarding than helping homeowners create the backyard for their dreams. One that allows them to extend their entertaining and living space from their home into their backyard. We understand that the ideal deck should fit the esthetic style and structure of the house and the preferences, personality, and needs of the owner. It should be constructed with easy-to-maintain materials, and allow use year-round, whenever possible. And of course, it should be built to the highest of standards for years of worry-free use.

Our deck builder crew comes from a custom home building background and can handle any deck project of any size.  As your decking contractor, we can build most decks in a few days and more complex projects in about a week. We prefer to build using either Redwood natural wood or TREX composite products. Decking can provide year-round entertainment, and add value to your home if done properly. We at Weather-Tite are always available for free inspections and estimates on the best way to add a structurally sound and beautiful addition to your home.

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Types of Decking Materials

Exotic Hardwood

Exotic hardwood is an excellent material for your deck. Its natural beauty gives it an excellent color, and its lack of knots helps it look almost flawless. Its beauty isn’t the only reason people love exotic wood; it’s extremely durable and low maintenance.

If you are thinking about installing a new deck and believe exotic hardwood would be the best fit for your project, let us know. Our knowledgeable sales team can help you create the deck of your dreams. For a free quote or to answer any questions, call us today!

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Mahogany hardwood is the top choice of many homeowners when it comes to the best wood for their deck. Its clear finish, no knots, and rich and vibrant color give any deck an elegant appearance. Being a softwood, it is an easy species to work with and install.

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Ipe, or Brazilian Walnut, is a popular choice due to its high-class appearance. It is extremely durable, sustainable, and densest hardwoods, making it an excellent choice for your decking project.

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Red Balau is a high quality, sturdy, and functional exotic hardwood that is imported from Indonesia. This product has little to no upkeep needed, no knots, and no defects. Red Balau is 4 times denser than Redwood, making it the ideal product for high traffic areas.

Exotic Hardwood Decking Frequently Asked Questions

​The word “exotic” makes people think this hardwood is considerably more expensive than redwood or composite wood; however, this is not always the case. If you consider all of the benefits that come with using exotic hardwood on your deck, you’ll actually save money over time. These exotic hardwood materials’ long-lasting nature is a huge benefit that draws in contractors and homeowners alike.

​The fact that exotic wood is extremely low-maintenance is one of the most appealing aspects to many homeowners. You do not need to reseal it every year like many other woods; in most cases, you’ll only need to reseal it every other year. Staining will only need to be done when you notice considerable fading, which will happen at a slower rate than with other decking materials. Most of the time, the only maintenance needed is a spray down with the hose or a quick sweep to off all the wet leaves in fall.

​Another great aspect of exotic hardwoods is that the tree’s resins naturally protects the wood from the normal impairments that most hardwoods often face. Other hardwoods need annual maintenance to protect them from moisture, rot, and insects. Yet, exotic hardwoods are naturally protected from these elements. They also tend to have a little more protection against the sun’s damage because of those natural oils within.

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No, it is not, but it is the second hardest wood in the world. Making it a tough and durable wood that has a high density that can withstand almost anything.​

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No, you do not need to treat many exotic woods. Because the natural tree resin that is produced by exotic hardwood naturally protects the wood from the normal impairments that most hardwoods often face. Other hardwoods need annual maintenance to protect them from moisture, rot, and insects.​

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Natural Redwood Decking

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We have found that the best materials to withstand various climates are either Redwood natural wood or TREX composite products. We like Redwood natural wood because we feel that it is a remarkable deck material in almost every way.

​Redwood natural wood gets its name from its fragrant, earthy reddish-brown color. It is harvested from new growth trees that are 30 to 50 years old, from forests that are sustainably maintained and replanted. They are grown and harvested following the world’s highest environmental standards. They are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forestry Initiative as sources of environmentally-sound building material and use 97% less energy to produce than plastic.

Natural Redwood Decking Frequently Asked Questions

If you love the natural finish of wood so much you don’t want to entertain any other material, that’s understandable! It is a stylish look for South Dakota homes, not only does it look great it also has many other benefits.

Durability: Redwood can last up to about 30 years on a well-maintained deck under appropriate circumstances. It is incredibly stable and straight due to its longlasting hardwood properties prevent it from warping or cupping. Also, due to its low shrinkage rate, splitting is minimized.

Aesthetics: One of the main reasons homeowners like Redwood is aesthetics. Redwood possesses a rich character and natural beauty that enhances the exterior of any home. It creates an aura of warmth and luxury, adding value while also providing an ecologically sound alternative.

Resilience: It has natural resistants to wood-boring insects and weathering without the use of preservative chemicals. Redwood is also the most fire-resistant decking material on the market.

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Unfortunately, like all materials, Redwood natural wood can have its flaws as no material is perfect.

Maintenance: As beautiful as it is, Redwood is still wood and can only withstand so much. With any wood deck, you will have to prepare for the upkeep. Typically, homeowners will stain and treat their deck once a year to protect it all year round. This upkeep can be costly, and if you don’t keep up with it, your deck will succumb to the elements faster.

Susceptibility: Because Redwood is more soft and porous then composite, it is more susceptible to scratches and can stain easily.

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Starting a home remodeling project can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Once you contact Weather-Tite Exteriors, our first step will be to schedule a meeting with you to understand your needs and expectations. We will discuss any budgetary concerns or past projects/ideas that have caught your eye. If it’s important to you, we want to make sure it’s important to us! Once we have a clear understanding of your project’s size and scope, we will work with you throughout the process to make sure there are no surprises, and you get the deck you have always wanted.

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Cleaning Natural Redwood decking can be simple and easy. Usually, a simple soap and water solution will do the trick. If you are dealing with a situation where the dirt and grime have collected a deep build-up, you can scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush and a bucket of warm water, and a mild detergent.

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It’s not a very frequent occurrence but every once in a while, especially in damper climates, you might notice a patch of mildew on your redwood. In this situation, the best way to remove the mildew is to mix a solution that consists of one cup bleach and one cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) that is diluted in one gallon on the warm water. Next, scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush and rinse thoroughly afterward. For more information on how to get rid of mildew click here!

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Composite Decking

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Composite decking is a type of material that a deck can be built with. The most common option for deck building materials is wood. For a long time, wood was the only option out there for building a beautiful deck. Wood can have its downfalls when used as a decking material, such as continual sanding and staining. Composite decking is made from recycled plastics and wood fibers. It’s molded into boards that are then used for building. There are, however, some pros and cons when it comes to making your decision about whether to choose a composite deck.

Composite Decking Frequently Asked Questions

Low Maintenance: Due to being made of recycled materials, there is no need to sand or stain the deck materials. A light scrub with mild soap and water periodically is most of the maintenance needed.

​Longer Lasting: Because of the synthetic make-up of composite decking, if it’s properly installed, the boards will not be prone to insect damage, rot, splitting, cracking or warping.

​Hidden Fasteners: The hidden fastening system used to put composite decking together allows for a more seamless design.

​Intricate Designs: Composite decking can be molded or bent into unique shapes that allow for a complicated design pattern to be built right into the deck

​Less Fading: Wood decks will fade greatly to that greyish color that weathered wood acquires. Composite decks will fade minimally for the first few months that it’s exposed to the elements and then it will maintain the same bold color.

​Adds Value to the Home: While any deck that is built will increase the value of a home, composite decking often comes with a 25 year to limited lifetime warranty. Often this warranty can be transferred to a new owner if the house is sold.

​Environmentally Friendly: Building a composite deck is a great way to be eco-friendly. Instead of using trees that have been cut to build a deck, recycled materials are utilized to their fullest potential.

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Cost: The price of composite decking is a little higher than the price of wood per foot, but the low maintenance oftentimes makes up for the difference.

​Appearance: Since composite decking is made of synthetic materials it doesn’t look like a wooden deck. It often has the wood grain appearance, but at a closer inspection, it’s easy to tell that a composite deck is just that. They don’t have the right look or feel to be wood.

​Easily Scratched or Scuffed: Composite deck can be scratched or scuffed when moving things around on it. They also stain easier than their wood counterpart. Light scratches will fade over time, but deep scratches or burns will require replacement.

​Choosing the right deck is a personal experience. It all depends on aesthetics, price and maintenance. A composite deck can look stunning in comparison to a wood deck, but the reverse can also be said. Knowing about the options is a good start to choosing which material works best in each situation. If you are thinking about getting a new deck contact Weather-Tite Exterior today to learn all about our decking options.

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Product Guide Ratings:

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Treated

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Redwood

$$$

Cedar

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Trex

$$$$

Other Composites

$$$

Brazilian Hardwoods

$$$$

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Treated

D

Redwood

B

Cedar

B

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

A

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Treated

D

Redwood

C

Cedar

C

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

A

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Treated

D

Redwood

C

Cedar

C

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

D

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Treated

D

Redwood

C

Cedar

C

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

A

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Treated

C

Redwood

C

Cedar

C

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

A-

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Treated

D

Redwood

D

Cedar

D

Trex

A

Other Composites

A

Brazilian Hardwoods

A-

Pests

Treated

D

Redwood

C

Cedar

C

Trex

A

Other Composites

B

Brazilian Hardwoods

B

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Treated

C

Redwood

B

Cedar

B

Trex

B

Other Composites

C

Brazilian Hardwoods

A

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