Decks and Patios

Decks and Patios

What to think about:

The high cost of composites versus the higher cost of exotic woods (the reality is composites have become very expensive…now comparable to exotic woods).  Ipe, more expensive manufacturer of composite decking materials…thickness for thickness…so similar is cost, almost identical.  The decision isn’t necessarily about price, but looks (wood lovers love exotics)…

Myth: composites last longer than wood. (footnote: composite based materials made of wood fiber and plastics, or all PVC..there are two types.  Some of those composite manufacturers have a break down point becuase it is partially wood fiber.  PVC will last a lifetime.  Longevity…Ipe, densest wood out there…very heavy…untreated lasts for decades.  These exotics can be treated with oils to maintain them and keep looking great for decades to come.


Ranges – from low to high scale…pressure treated lumber, cedar (good middle of the road), jump to exotics (4 or 5 different types for decking and railings)


Differenty types, concealed versus face-fastened (concealed…more time-consuming, more cost…but a good option for looks).

What we do:

Main framing

Pressure treated lumber

Finish materials consisiting for decking and railings from traditional wood to exotic wood (denser & higher cost), composites, wood-fiber & PVC or all PVC

Built-in seating

Masonry patios

Real stone, or block walls, an endless amount of masonry products to suit any budget, from granite to Brazilian blue stone.

Loose laid on gravel or firmly set in a bed of concrete


  • Elevation issues: i.e. fill if possible
  • Lumber species (see info)
  • Concrete block vs. authentic stone
  • Set backs of any footings, block walls, etc.
  • Undersize/oversize
  • Near septic tank or leaching fields—adequate set backs