Avoid the DIY Deck Trap

DIY decking materials from large box stores are tempting because of their low price point compared to the high-grade warranty-backed materials used by the professional deck companies. While the brand name is recognizable, the reality is the manufacturers have produced watered-down versions for the DIY box store customer. The result is you save more now and pay more later.

Adding a deck to your home should be viewed as an investment in your home. Good investments take the long view. Hiring a custom deck builder is the safest and wisest way to add a custom deck to your home. We’re going to take a closer look at the risks of DIY decks and how they actually cost you more than using professional-grade materials and professional deck construction companies.

DIY Decks – What Could Go Wrong?

The deck is one of the most common DIY projects. However, many things can and do go wrong with decks. There’s the footings, lack of permits, the height, quality of materials, clearance from property lines, and lot more. One of the biggest issues comes with that attachment to your home. If it’s not attached correctly, you may find yourself dealing with water infiltration and costly damage to doors, window, flooring, and sub-flooring.

Deck Design and Planning

Before you start sourcing your materials, you first need to design and plan your deck. Where do you want it? Is where you want it feasible? How large will it be? How tall? What kind of railing, lights, and stairs will your deck have? If you’re already overwhelmed, don’t feel bad. Designing and planning a deck is difficult. There are more variables to consider than most people realize. When you go with a professional deck builder, you know you’re getting a deck that’s going to work from a structure and aesthetic standpoint with your home. Professional deck building companies have software that can render an accurate picture of what your deck will look like, and give you an accurate number of material costs and time to complete the project.

DIY Deck Construction

Putting all the materials together correctly to build a functional and aesthetically pleasing deck will require a massive time investment if you’re not trained in the deck building. Everyone’s time is worth something. If you want to turn your building a deck into a several month project and chip away at it after work and on the weekends, you can. However, for most people, the time commitment in fixing mistakes, making repeated trips to the hardware store, and getting people to help aren’t worth the extra resource costs that come with DIY deck construction. You will save money on materials, but spend more on everything else, and your deck will not be the same quality as a professionally built deck.

Omaha Custom Deck Builders

Give us a call today and schedule your deck build. If you’re not sure what you want, come by our showroom and see what we can offer in person. One of our deck building experts can walk you through all of your options and give you a free quote.

(402) 690-1050

Why Avoid Hardwood Decking?

If you’re thinking about building a custom deck in Omaha, you’re going to be faced with a choice – hardwood decking or composite decking? In the past, hardwood decking materials were the only option, and they did a good job when properly maintained. But today’s technology has given deck buyers an alternative with composite decking, and with continual innovation over the years, it’s now far surpassed the benefits of hardwood decking in all categories.

Hardwood Vs. Composite Decking

Many homeowners choose hardwood decking because it sounds familiar and is easy to find. What they’re not aware of is the wood decking problems like splinters, staining, rot issues, hours of maintenance, and high cost. Homeowners who are not familiar with composite decking and all of the innovations it’s undergone since it first emerged over 30 years ago are afraid composite decking will not look as nice as wood. Let’s take an in-depth look and see how today’s composite decking compares to wood decking. 

How do they Look?

It’s true that early-generation composite decking looked artificial and plastic-like. But today’s composites are nearly indistinguishable from wood decks, and many argue much more beautiful. They have grain patterns, so no two boards are alike. They can mimic any hardwood on the market in appearance and do a lot more when it comes to getting the exact pattern, color, and finish.

Moisture Factor

One of the biggest problems with natural hardwood decking is that boards absorb water. Without frequent applications of stains, sealers, or paint, wood decking will warp, splinter, crack, and rot. Composite decking, on the other hand, is fully moisture-resistant, eliminating the need for repeated sealing applications and can be installed in high moisture conditions with no issues.

Maintenance

To extend the life of a wood deck, homeowners are tasked with regularly painting and staining to keep the deck sealed from moisture, as noted above. It’s a battle that continues for the lifespan of the entire deck. A composite deck only requires sweeping and an occasional wash to keep the boards looking new.

Insect Damage

Insects love natural hardwoods. Termites and other wood loving insects can do a number on a natural hardwood deck and render it unusable or fill it with unsightly holes in little time. Composite decks are insect-proof – you’ll never have insect damage with a composite deck.

Final Breakdown  

  • Appearance – Hardwood timber fades over time. Composite has the beauty of natural wood with high-performance durability.
  • Moisture – Hardwood doesn’t hold up well with water lots of water contact. Composite can be installed with water contact and is moisture-proof.
  • Maintenance – Hardwood requires 16-32 hours of cleaning, painting, and staining per year. Composite requires 2-4 hours per year.
  • Durability – Hardwood decking is susceptible to rot, splintering, warping, and termite damage. Composite resists rot, warping, splintering, and termite damage.
  • Price – Hardwood decks have a lower initial cost, but it varies depending on wood species. Composite has a higher upfront cost, but a much longer lifetime.

Go Green with Trex Decking

The Trex brand name is a recognized leader among custom deck builders. What a lot of people don’t know is that Trex offers eco-friendly decking that’s made of 95% recycled products. After building custom decks in Omaha for 40 years, we’ve seen a lot of innovations in the deck materials industry, and we’re not surprised Trex is leading the pack with their green decking lineup. Trex offers consumers a truly environmentally responsible choice with their decks. Let’s take a closer look at why these decks are considered green.

Why a Trex Composite Deck is Considered Green

It’s all in the ingredients. A Trex composite deck is made of locally sourced reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The wood used in Trex decking would otherwise end up in a landfill if it didn’t become a Trex high-performance composite deck. The plastic is sourced from some of the most common plastic waste like sandwich bags, dry cleaner bags, and grocery shopping bags. The average 500 square foot composite Trex deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags! Trex is one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the United States.

Trex Recycling Facts

In comparison with pressure-treated lumber over a 25-year period, the positive environmental impact of Trex decking is amazing.

  • 36% Fewer Greenhouse Emissions
  • 47% Fewer Toxic Air Pollutants
  • 84% Less Acidification
  • 80% Less Water Contamination
  • 53% Less Smog
  • 93% Less Ecological Toxicity

 The Trex Sustainable Supply Chain

Trex takes an active role to ensure its supply vendors operate with ethical and responsible business practices. 95% of Trex suppliers are U.S. based. Trex conducts supply chain assessments, including in-person reviews, operating facility tours, and works with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact across the supply chain.

The Trex Production Process

The Trex manufacturing process is just as green as its final product. Their processing method eliminates the use of smoke stacks. Nearly 100% of factory runoff and refuse is recycled back into the manufacturing line. Here’s an overview of the process of creating a Trex deck. 

  1. Sawdust and plastic film are purchased
  2. Plastic film is cleaned and ground into granules
  3. Plastic film and sawdust are combined and heated
  4. Mixture is mixed to a soft, pliable consistency
  5. Mixture is formed into boards using profile dies
  6. Boards are cooled and cut to length
  7. Boards are inspected by quality control for defects, strengths, and color accuracy
  8. Finished boards are wrapped and shipped    

Trex has never cut a single tree in the making of their high-performance composite decking!

Ready to Go Green in 2020?

 If you’ve been thinking about a custom deck for your home in 2020, you can’t go wrong with Trex. Not only are they leading the composite deck industry in sustainability, but they also make some of the most high-quality, long-lasting composite decking materials on the market. The customization from color, texture, and board size ensures you get a truly one of a kind deck that will last for years – if not decades.

TimberTech’s Multi-Width Deck Boards

Traditionally decking boards have been 5.5-6″ wide. TimberTech has changed this with the launch of its multi-width decking boards. Now you can mix up sizes and colors and add unique patterns to make your deck a true one of a kind. TimberTech’s multi-deck boards take custom deck building design to the next level.  We’ve been building custom decks in Omaha for a long time now, and TimberTech’s Multi-Width deck designs are without a doubt eye-catchers. Let’s take a closer look at what this lineup has to offer for your Omaha custom deck.

All About Custom Deck Design

For this series, it’s all about design flexibility and versatility. TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection gives you flexibility with dimensions, styles, and patterns. Vintage styles range from Cypress, Dark Hickory, and Mahogany to Coastline, English Walnut, and Weathered Teak.

Multi-Width Deck Boards

TimberTech’s gives you three different widths to design your deck with. The narrow board is 3.5″ wide and available in square shoulder only. The standard is 5.5″ wide and available in both square shoulder and grooved. The wide is 7.25″ in width, and is available in square shoulder only. Combine all three cut at different lengths and color combinations to make a one of a kind design. 

Why Choose TimberTech Multi-Width Decking?

TimberTech is an industry leader in composite low-maintenance decking materials.  The company continually innovates as we see here with the multi-width deck boards. The options for a truly custom designed deck are unmatched. In addition, they offer a number of strong guarantees and warranties for their customers.

  • 50-Year Fade Warranty – TimberTech is engineered to hold its color over time. They back this promise by offering up to a 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty.
  • Seamless Design Integration – With the ability to choose from three different board widths and mix and match colors, the design options are limitless.
  • Natural Look – TimberTech offers a natural, hardwood look, even though it’s a composite material. The grain finishes are diverse, offering intricate, wire-brushed textures and more.
  • Superior Protection – Alloy Armour technology provides a protective cap to prevent fading, staining, and weathering.
  • Carefree Enjoyment – Durable capping keeps TimberTech’s boards beautiful and scratch-free, dent-free, and shield insects from causing damage.

 Happy Holidays!

 Thanks for following us in 2019. We look forward to serving Omaha and surrounding areas in 2020 with more elite custom decks. If you want to get a jump start on your 2020 deck, stop by our showroom and get some ideas. Seeing the materials and designs in person really gives you a sense of what a custom deck can do for your home and outdoor space.

Privacy Fence for Your Deck

A privacy fence for your deck gives you exactly what you expect – and more. First off, as the name suggests, a privacy deck gives you privacy. If your home doesn’t have much space between the neighbors, you might want a little privacy in your yard from time to time. We’ve installed more than a few privacy fences on the custom decks we build in Omaha. You have a lot of options, and there are more benefits than you may realize. Let’s take a closer look at what a privacy fence can do for your custom deck.

Privacy

As we mentioned, and as you probably figured out already, the first benefit of a privacy fence is privacy. When outdoors relaxing on your custom deck, it might be hard to fully relax if you feel like all the neighbors are watching you.  If the home is your castle, your deck is an extension, and having a little privacy should be a part of it. You don’t have to barricade yourself in and obstruct views, but a privacy fence can obstruct unwanted views while maintaining the ones you want.

Wind Screen

A second benefit to a privacy fence on your deck is that it acts as a windscreen. Nebraska gets windy, as you know. When the wind kicks up, whatever is on your deck moves or flies away. And the wind keeps you from enjoying your deck. A good privacy fence for your deck will act as a windscreen securing items, furniture, and allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space no matter what the wind is doing.

Animal Barrier

Do you have a furry friend you’d like to keep on the deck and off the grass? Or maybe you want to keep the wild furry creatures off your deck? A privacy fence added to your deck can keep unwanted wildlife from inviting themselves onto your deck, or keep your loved animals on the deck. It’s a win-win!  

Safety

Do you have little ones that you worry might fall off the edge of your deck? A privacy fence for your deck keeps young children safe and away from deck edges. You can add a gate to your privacy fence, allowing access to the yard. When you have a privacy fence on your deck, you can rest assured, letting little ones play outside on the deck.

More Function

A privacy fence added to your deck can also create more functionality. You can hang plants on them to add some life to your deck. You can mount a discreet tool rack for your BBQ tools and deck broom. You can also string outdoor lights for added décor.

Ready for Your Privacy Fence?

If adding a privacy fence to your deck sounds like a good idea, we can help. Give us a call or stop by the showroom to discuss your options.

Westbury Aluminum Railing

No deck is complete without railing. Just like decking, not all railing is equal. After building custom decks in Omaha for nearly 40 years, we’ve never stopped explaining the importance of quality railing. Just like deck technology, railing technology has advanced tremendously over the past decades. In the next series of blogs, we’re going to introduce some of our favorite railing manufacturers and their outstanding lines.

Westbury Aluminum Railing

Quality aluminum railing is defined by strength, beauty, and durability. Steel is heavy and expensive. Wood requires lots of maintenance. Aluminum is low maintenance, affordable, and durable. It won’t corrode or rust and can hold up to all weather conditions. Westbury offers a great line of elite aluminum railing that will pair perfectly with your low maintenance composite deck. Let’s take a look at some favorites.

Westbury Tuscany Aluminum Railing

Westbury’s Tuscany line features classic 2-rail designs. The designs are accented with a stylish top rail and ¾” balusters along with a variety of stain, textured, and multi-colored finishes. All backed by a lifetime limited warranty. Tuscany Railing is available with either square (C10) or round (C101) balusters. 12 color selections include:

  • Satin black – Black fine texture – Ninety bronze
  • Bronze fine texture – Speckled walnut – Sandy shore
  • White fine texture – Gloss Beige – Chocolate
  • Gloss white – Brown fine texture – Silver

 Westbury Riviera Aluminum Railing

 The Riviera Series features distinctive 3-rail designs. The series has six different styles along with a stylish top rail and ¾” square or round balusters. Riviera is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Colors for the Riviera lineup include:

  • Satin black – Black fine texture – Ninety bronze
  • Bronze fine texture – Speckled walnut – Sandy shore
  • White fine texture – Gloss Beige – Chocolate
  • Gloss white – Brown fine texture – Silver

Westbury VertiCable Aluminum Railing

The Westbury VertiCable offers contemporary vertical cables and balusters, providing an architectural style with unobstructed views. All sections are factory assembled and tensioned for superior strength and durability. VertiCable is available in 12 standard AAMA 2604 compliant powder-coated colors:

  • Satin black – Black fine texture – Ninety bronze
  • Bronze fine texture – Speckled walnut – Sandy shore
  • White fine texture – Gloss Beige – Chocolate
  • Gloss white – Brown fine texture – Silver    

Westbury Veranda Glass Railing

You simply can’t beat the view through Veranda railing. The crystal clear design incorporates full glass panels into a classic 2 rail design. Whether you want to preserve your view of water or mountains, Veranda gives you open unobstructed views with the security of full railing sections. The 12 color selections include: 

  • Satin black – Black fine texture – Ninety bronze
  • Bronze fine texture – Speckled walnut – Sandy shore
  • White fine texture – Gloss Beige – Chocolate
  • Gloss white – Brown fine texture – Silver

Westbury Drink Rail Adapter

When you’re enjoying the beautiful weather on your deck with your favorite beverage or entertaining friends and family, a drink rail adapter comes in handy. A drink well system is an aesthetically pleasing and convenient add-on to your Westbury top rail. The installation is quick and adds a lot of functionality to your custom deck railing.

Ready for Your Westbury Aluminum Railing?

If you’re looking for a top of the line aluminum railing for your Omaha area home, you can’t go wrong with Westbury. Give us a call to discuss options, or drop by our showroom in person to see all the different aluminum railing options we offer.

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Fiberon Custom Decks

If you’re looking for a custom deck builder in Omaha that is familiar with Fiberon decking you’re in the right place. Fiberon is another elite decking material company we love working with. Fiberon is known for offering the warmth and appeal of natural hardwoods without all the time and expense of maintenance. Fiberon has been in the decking business for nearly two decades now, and they’ve become one of the top trusted brands when it comes to quality composite decks. Made 100% in the USA, Fiberon offers a wide range of styles and colors that are sure to exceed your expectations.

Horizon Decking by Fiberon

When only the best will do consider Fiberon’s Horizon decking series. The Horizon lineup features dramatic color tones and multiple wood grain patterns and is capped on all four sides. It’s capped (or covered) on all sides with PermaTech surface material eliminating the need to ever sand, stain, or seal. The four-sided capping increases durability, enhances stain and fade resistance, and ensures an all-around polished finish.  

In addition, Horizon boards feature two different wood grain patterns on the top and bottom for more design options and less material waste.

Fiberon Horizon Decking comes in four realistic wood color tones: 

  • Ipe
  • Rosewood
  • Tudor Brown
  • Castle Gray

Good Life Decking by Fiberon 

The good life just got better with the Fiberon Good Life Decking lineup. Good Life Decking offers the low maintenance convenience of composite at a price closer to wood decks. It’s capped on three sides with a tough protective finish to better resist staining and fading. Because it’s composite, you’ll never have to worry about rotting, warping, or splintering boards.

If you’re looking for options, the Good Life lineup has them. The decking is available in three new multi-chromatic colors as well as the original solid shades. The new colors take on the look of tropical hardwoods while the original colors resemble a traditional painted wood finish.

Multi-Chromatic Colors:  

  • Beach House
  • Bungalow
  • Tuscan Villa

Original Solid Colors: 

  • Cabin
  • Cottage

Ready for a Fiberon Custom Deck?

If you’re looking for a top of the line custom deck for your Omaha area home, you can’t go wrong with Fiberon. Both the Horizon and the Good Life series come with 25-year residential warranties against checking, splintering, delamination, rot, and structural damage from fungal decay. They’re both additionally backed by a 25-year stain and fade warranty.

Give us a call to discuss options, or drop by our showroom in person to see all the different custom decking options we offer.

(402) 690-1050

Deckorators Composite Decking

Go beyond ordinary with Deckorators composite decking. Deckorators is one of the composite decking industry leaders. They offer a high-quality product and a vast line of colors and styles for your custom deck. After all the years we’ve spent deck building in Omaha and surrounding areas the Deckorators brand as emerged as one of our most recommended. Let’s take a look at the different types of low maintenance composite decking they offer and find out which one is right for your home.

Voyage Decking

Deckorators is known for its water and ground friendly decks. Voyage decking can be installed in or in contact with the ground or water. The deck absorbs no moisture. It will not splinter, sag, chalk, or crack. It’s finished with a stain and fade-resistant cap stock. Deckorators Voyage Decking features vertical grain deck boards that are designed with textured embossing for enhanced traction. Get your Voyage Decking in one of  four beautiful finishes:

  • Costa
  • Mesa
  • Sierra
  • Tundra

Vault Decking

Deckorators’ Vault family is made with patented Eovations technology, which provides the industry’s best strength-to-weight ratio. This technology allows the decking to have virtually no thermal expansion or contraction. It makes for a powerful and stable deck that absorbs no moisture. The Deckorators Vault Deck is similar to the Voyage Decking, but without the enhanced traction. It’s still a great deck that can be installed on ground or water surfaces. Colors for the Vault Decking lineup include: 

  • Dusk
  • Mesquite
  • Hickory

Frontier Decking

The Frontier family is a non-variegated deck board for those looking for a more traditional look for their outdoor living space. Like Voyage and Vault, Frontier is also made with Eovation technology providing superior strength to weight ratio and is rated for water and ground surfaces. The lightweight boards are easy to handle and make a great option around pools, spas, or decks. They never splinter, sag, chalk, or crack so you never need to worry about walking around with bare feet. Color chooses for the Deckorators Frontier family include:

  • Summit
  • Woodland
  • Prairie

Heritage & Vista  Decking

The most popular lines within Deckorators are Heritage and Vista. These lines include the top-selling colors of:

  • Ironwood
  • Smokehouse
  • Riverhouse
  • Ciderhouse

Ready for Your Deckorators Low Maintenance Deck?

You can’t go wrong with a Deckorators custom deck. Deckorators offers a few more families of decks not covered in this article. They also provide premium deck railing that comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. If you have questions, give us a call. If you want to see what Deckorators decks look like in person stop by our showroom. We’d love to help you see what is possible with a custom-built low maintenance deck. 

Trex Custom Built Decks

Are you thinking about transforming your Omaha outdoor space with an elite, custom-built deck? We’ve been deck building in Omaha for nearly forty years and have found Trex® materials to be some of the most outstanding low maintenance decking available. Let’s take a more in-depth look into what makesTrex® an excellent choice for your Omaha custom deck.  

What is a Trex® Built Deck?

Trex® has been an industry leader for low maintenance composite decks since 1996. There are four highlight features theTrex® brand is famous for. 

  • Protective shell – Nobody likes a deck with scratches.
  • Deep Wood Grain – The texture of wood grain is deep and looks authentic.
  • Eco-Friendly -Trex® decks are made with 95% recycled materials.
  • Dozens of Rich Colors and Textures – An expansive catalog of colors and textures ensure you get precisely what you want.

An Industry Leading Warranty

A Trex® deck will not rot, warp, crack or be eaten by termites. AllTrex® products come with a 25-year  limited residential warranty against material defects, fading, and stains.Trex® can offer such an extended warranty because they make a product that surpasses the warranty. It’s that good. 

Trex® vs. Wood

A low maintenance custom deck made withTrex® comes loaded with benefits that make it a superior choice to wood decking. First off, it’s stain and fade resistant. It’s not going to warp, rot, crack, or split like wood. Mold and mildew is never a problem. Termites are never going to make a meal out of it. It’s splinter-free so the kids can run freely without you worrying. It’s easy to clean – just use some soap and water. 

Trex® Composite Decking Lineup 

Trex® decking has options for all aesthetic tastes and budgets.  

  • The TrexTransend® line has elevated aesthetics paired with the highest level of performance. It comes in earth and tropical tones. Some Tropical tone favorites include Havana Gold, Spiced Rum, and Island Mist. If you’re looking for a more earthy tone try Gravel Path, Fire Pit, or Vintage Lantern.
  • The TrexSelect® line is the perfect pairing of price and minimal maintenance. This lineup comes in some stunning earth tone colors that include Pebble Grey, Saddle, and Woodland Brown.
  • The TrexEnhance® lineup offers an authentic wood-grain appearance for the beauty of wood with the ease of composite. The Enhance color lineup includes natural colors like Coastal Bluff, Foggy Wharf, and Toasted Sand.

More than Decking

Trex® offers more than just decks. Their same low-maintenance innovations are available inTrex® railing and outdoor lighting. When you get your custom deck through us, we can put together a complete package that includes the deck, railing, steps, and an®y exterior lighting. Everything is custom-designed to your liking.  If you’re not sure which combinations of railing and lighting are best, we can show you what all your options would look like.

SeeTrex® Decking in Person

If you’re sold onTrex® or on the fence, we recommend you come to see it in person to truly appreciate this state of the art low maintenance decking material. Everyone is amazed at the engineering and beauty once they hold a piece ofTrex® decking material in their hands. When you come to our showroom, you get to see up close how a custom-built deck can transform your outdoor space and become an additional living room for you and your family.

TimberTech Custom Decks

Building custom decks in Omaha for almost 40 years has allowed us to work with all types of deck material. After all of those years, TimberTech® has emerged as one of our most recommended materials to build a deck with. TimberTech® designs and engineers deck materials for homeowners looking for a personalized outdoor living solution without ever sacrificing durability and quality. Let’s take a look at some of the styles TimberTech® offers for your custom Omaha deck.

Tropical Collection  

Ready to bring the Tropics to Omaha? The TimberTech® PRO Tropical Collection comes in four brilliant colors – Caribbean Redwood, Antique Palm, Antigua Gold, and Amazon Mist. The rich saturated tones in this collection emulate exotic wood. Pronounced grain textures and authentic sun-soaked tones make your deck a destination. This premium composite decking blends beauty with technology resulting in the ultimate low-maintenance deck.

Legacy Collection

The options are limitless with the TimberTech® PRO Legacy Collection. The colors in this collection are some of the most unique and dramatic TimberTech® offers. A hand-scraped texture creates a refined look that reflects the true tones of natural wood. Some customer favorites include Ashwood, Espresso, Whitewash Cedar, and Tigerwood. 

Terrain Collection

The TimberTech® PRO Terrain Collection taps into mother nature’s color palette featuring timeless hues. This collection truly captures the spirit of the outdoors with its color and textures options. Brown Oak, Sandy Birch, Stone Ash, Silver Maple, and Rustic Elm complete the TimberTech® PRO Terrain Collection. Like all TimberTech® PRO collection decking, these colors are engineered to stay true over time and are backed with a 30-year fade & stain warranty. 

Ready for Your TimberTech® Custom Deck? 

If you’re thinking about building an elite custom deck for your Omaha home, you can’t go wrong with TimberTech®. The quality of the design and engineering create one of the most beautiful low-maintenance decks available anywhere. If you’re not sure about which color or texture will be best drop by our showroom and see a variety of decks and deck materials in person. Bring some pictures of your home, and we give you some great options that surely give you the ultimate outdoor living space you’ve been dreaming about.

(402) 690-1050