There are many choices when it comes to decking and outdoor living space design and construction.  Should you pour a new concrete patio?  Should you stain it or finish it as washed aggregate?   Should you build a new deck? If so, what materials should be used?  Wood or wood composite?  What about PVC?  

Should we cover it with a pergola? Or extend the roofline of the house out over it?  Homeowners have so many choices, it's hard to know where to begin!  

Starting with the basics, wood decking and porches have been around forever and wood decking materials continue to be a very high quality building material to cover your Spokane deck or your Coeur d'Alene deck.   There are many species of wood to choose from and many price points to consider and each is unique when it comes to it's durability and maintenance requirements.  Maintenance is the biggest factor to consider when it comes to performance and durability of your brand new wood deck.  Do you want it to last as long and look as good as it can for as long as it can?  Of course you do.  Therefore, maintenance is going to be required every 3-5 years to keep your deck looking as good as it can.   This maintenance is laborious, back breaking work that will require you to alter your family's lifestyle for a few days to a couple of weekends depending on it's size and scope if you do it yourself.  Or, it will cost you dearly if you pay to have it completed.   Every few years.   No matter what species of wood you choose, they will all require some degree of maintenance.  There is something, though, about that natural, soft, warm ambiance of a natural wood deck.  

When considering other options, a composite Spokane deck or a Coeur d'Alene composite deck is another choice one has.   Composites have been around for decades and the quality has continued to get better and better over the years as has their respective warranties.  Most decking manufacturers have a "good, better, best" pricing strategy that gives the consumer some viable options when it comes to pricing points.   But, keep in mind, the least price of most brand name composites (TimberTech, Trex, etc.) is going to be higher than that of a typical 5/4 (1") cedar board.   Maintenance is much less laborious than on a wood deck, also.  Power washing a composite deck is acceptable, where it's not the best solution (though often used) on a natural wood deck.   

With so many choices in decking, a consultation with Aspen Construction can help overcome complex design questions, space planning considerations, future needs, as well as anything else that you may not have thought about.   Give us a call to schedule your project today!