Pro and Cons of Deck Building Materials

If you are in search of some deck building materials for your decking, here is some important information for you. Basically, there are three main types of deck building materials. Just like any other construction products, each of these decking materials has their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the popular decking materials and their list of pros and cons.

Pressure Treated Wood

These are specially treated wood that can be used for decking purposes. Generally, pressure treated wood is the most popular and affordable type of outdoor deck material available in the market. Most outdoor deck contractors prefer these materials. However, if the wood has not been completely dried, it may crack easily.

Natural Wood

Of course, it is the most traditional type of material used for decking. Unlike pressure treated wood, this variety of deck materials are sustainable and durable. However, consumers will have to pay approximately two to three times more the price of pressure treated wood. Still, this is the next affordable option after pressure treated wood according to many Philadelphia deck builders.

Wood Plastic Composite Materials

This is the best and most exquisite variety of decking materials available. These artificially treated wood plastic composite materials are highly durable as they contain plastic. This makes them more resistant and durable. Composite materials are resistant against moisture and insects. The major disadvantage of this decking material is their cost. In addition, these materials don’t seem natural when touched. In fact, many consumers don’t like the unnatural feel of these decking materials.

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Need Energy Efficient Windows?

New technology has been emerging over the past few years with newer innovations with energy efficient windows. Low energy windows typically come with either two or three window panes. The space in between the panes are filled with an argon gas used in the welding process. Argon gas is very popular in the manufacturing of multiple window panes because if how inexpensive it is. This allows the window to be more efficient in maintaining a constant atmosphere throughout the whole room. This is done with what is referred to as the U value or factor, which is responsible for the window’s resistance to heat flow.

There are many advantages to installing energy efficient windows:

The reduction of U.V. rays that can damage your carpet, walls, and furniture from the solar.

25% to 50% saving on energy costs from heat loss. It is estimated that a home owner can save up to $600 in one year on cooling and heating costs with replacing older less efficient windows.

There are a number of types of windows available:

• Single hung

• Double hung

• Picture

• Bay

• Awning

• Slider

• Casement

What to look for when choosing energy efficient windows:

• The lower the U-factor the better for homeowners in colder climates.

• Low Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC reduces the heat in warmer climate.

Both SHGC and U-factors should be considered when the home is exposed to both hot and cold seasons.

Windows with an AL or air leakage rating of 0.03 or less is ideal for reducing the quantity of air that is lost during assembly of energy efficient windows.

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