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Want Low Mainenance? Try the "NEW" compositeand PVC decks. The staining and mold issues are gone, they are fade and scratch resistant and the colors are so realistic! Below are some shots of a big 2 level Timbertech XLM PVC deck, with Trick and tips on each photo.
  • Tip: Plan your space, think of what you might use this part of your deck for. In this case, we have one level just for the outdoor dining table, the are other places for deep seating outdoor furniture, chaise lounges and the BBQ
  • Tip: Consider accent colors for things like the rail, or the facia board, or something we call picture framing, which is a different color single or double border around the edge of the deck. We chose black rail to see through.
  • Tip: Look at decking that looks realistic. Everyone has an opinion on what looks real, this Timbertech XLM decking has 3 -4 different colors to accent it's grain.
  • Tip: Try designing spaces that are not always rectangular. This deck has 45 degree angles to orient the outdoor furniture toward the views.
  • Tip: On second story decks, consider breaking up the staircase with one or more landings. This adds to the drama and safety of the staircase and in this case takes up less space than a straight stairs.
  • Tip: When creating levels, be mindful of not just creating level for aesthetic interest, make sure each level in usable.
  • Tricks: Proper framing and building best practices should be followed. In this case note the 6" posts (not 4 X 4s), and simpson strong ties to connect the entire deck together to prevent failure from uplift or ledger failure.
  • Tip: Instead of "skirting" the entire underside of this deck, we stained all of the exposed framing with a dark brown stain to blend it into the shadows to give a clean floating look.
  • Tip: Dark brown stain on framing gives a clean "floating" effect to the raised deck.
  • Trick: Plan the deck, this staircase "hugged" the deck so it would not interfere with the patio below.
  • This is a view of the Mountains of Long Island...there are no mountain on Long Island, but this one had a great view.
  • Tip: Orient the furniture to the view that you would like your guests to enjoy.
  • Tip: Plan spaces for specific uses.
  • This was the deck for chaise lounges, it was the sunny spot and over looked the pool.
  • Ruth K
    Ruth K Leesburg, FL
    we used this also but ours is not so elaborate. Just a 12x12 out master bedroom. My problem is : It is on the west side of the house and gets so nasty HOT than we can not use it in the evening.!! Thinking of an awning but they are so expensive.
    • Deck and Patio Company "Outdoor Living Experts"
      Deck and Patio Company "O... Huntington Station, NY
      Ruth K Thanks for your comment. Many people have this problem. A shade umbrella might help you out -- especially the "offset" umbrellas which extend out so that the base isn't underfoot. These can shade an area of 11 feet wide etc. Anyway, just a thought.
  • Leah Johnson
    we used the decking shown to put in our front deck and wheel chair ramp about 8 yrs ago.. it is fantastic, and so have also put a larger deck on the back area with this great planks and railing.. wonderful, would never go to real wood as our neighbor did
  • Pepsigirl13
    pepsigirl13 West Roxbury, MA
    we got new Truex front stairs & rails and they are excellent. it was pricey but worth it since the wood stairs only lasted ten years and were rotted through from all the weather hitting front of house.
  • Virginia Fynes
    Wow this looks great! were just planning our deck, LOVE it!
  • Deck and Patio Company "Outdoor Living Experts"
    Deck and Patio Company "O... Huntington Station, NY
    Yes Bridget the rails are from Timbertech, the are called Radience Rail.
  • Bridget
    Bridget Marietta, GA
    What a beautiful deck and the views are breathtaking. What about the railing and post sleeves? Are they made by Timbertech, too?
  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    Great looking design. Thanks for the info.
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