How Modern Innovation Improved Deck And Fencing Materials
A lot of people likes staying in their gardens as a way of spending time outdoors. Because of this reason, the invention, and construction of structures that support the garden has been popular. There's really something about enjoying the summer outside with family and friends sipping cool beverages under the sun.
Two of the most popular garden structures are fences and decks. Together with the patio, these three creates the ultimate combo for a summer getaway without leaving the house. Of course, deck and fencing Utah traditions and materials are different from materials and traditions in other states. However, the functions are almost the same for both.
Functions of Deck and Fencing
A deck is a structure which is usually made out of horizontal planks and plates and extends the space of the structure. It functions like an elevated floor which can be attached with a roof and can be installed with other utilities such as a kitchen sink, a dining table, and more. This platform is usually connected to the general building and can be accessed via a stairway or doors through the main building.
A fence, on the other hand, is a structure which encloses an outside structure. It is usually made from wood posts and is connected by rails, boards, wire, or netting. It has a lot of uses, including in agriculture, perimeter fencing (that prevents trespassers or thieves), as well as marking boundaries from other boundaries. Fences are often used alongside decks in order for a more comfortable and secure outdoor environment.
Deck and Fencing Materials 40 Years Ago
Decks are often made with wood which can be found nearby or via importing from other places. A long time ago, softwood was used to build decks from old growth forests. These numbers include Atlantic white cedar, redwood, and red cedar. However, because of the excessive logging, these trees were cleared and the decline for its availability caused deck builders to use other materials.
Chemically treated woods, such as pine lumber, was also used. However, these woods are not as durable as cedars and need constant maintenance. Pressure treated wood is also used in places where icy weather conditions are available.
Fencing, on the other hand, is either made by boards, wires, netting, and rails. Wooden fences usually use the same woods that decking uses because these materials are durable in outdoor settings. Depending on the usage, there are different kinds of fences, including brushwood fencing, chain-link fencing, expanding fence, hurdle fencing, and palisade. Metal posts are also utilized depending on the property being enclosed.
Modern Deck and Fencing Materials
Modern decks and fences use materials that can reduce environmental impact as well as an increase of durability. These materials are called composite wood or plates that are made with a mixture of two materials, which is typically wood pulp and recycled plastic bottles and plastic bags. A lot of builders call it composite decking.
What makes composite lumbers a popular choice in recent years is because it is weather resistant due to the presence of plastic fibers that protects it from wear and tear. It is also dirt resistant and won't splinter or rot. It also requires lower maintenance which is a big bonus to a lot of homeowners who are busy in their jobs. Composite lumbers are also lightweight and have a variety of colors to choose from. Its most important benefit is that it reduces the need for logging and reduces the plastic in trash areas.
Ways To Prolong The Life Of The Materials
Because of the environmental concern, deck and fence builders are trying to make materials more long lasting and endure the changing outdoor climates. One of the ways to prolong the life of the material in fencing is to cover it with paint to waterproof it. Without waterproofing the material, it can develop mold.
For decks, staining also prevents molding from happening. It also prevents the warping and twisting of wood which can break the wood. It also reduces splinters that can hurt the kids who are running around the area. It is recommended that the decks be restained at least once a year.
Painting the deck will also make it more resilient to wear and tear and will take five to six years before needing to be repainted.