Create An Outdoor Living Space With A New Deck or Patio
Our professional deck builders love transforming outdoor space into outdoor living space with an addition of a new deck or patio. With our Decks or Patios you can extend your home into the outdoors, while adding beauty and value to your home. From sunbathing to entertaining, decks improve the value, aesthetics and quality of life that a home affords. Take advantage of the beauty of your property and the scenic views of Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Bethany Beach and Ocean View!
Your new deck or patio will be a significant purchase and addition to your home so naturally, you want to set your deck apart from any other in the neighborhood. Whether you are looking to build a large outdoor entertainment area or a small intimate outdoor escape area, we design and build the deck or patio that best suits your needs, using high-quality materials and our expert workmanship. The proper design of your deck or patio assures a beautiful, functional outdoor living area that suits your needs and blends gracefully with your existing home and space. We can integrate the new deck or patio with any existing sun room, spa, balcony, pool, waterfall or any other element in your back or front yard. Our expert deck builder will create the perfect outdoor living space for your home.
There are many products to choose from when it comes to designing and building a deck or patio. With our expertise and design skills, we will educate you about your material options, which include pressure-treated wood, natural woods, exotic hardwoods, natural stone, luxury vinyl, PVC or composites. We do our very best to help you make the right decision for your desired design, budget and your lifestyle.
Popular Deck Materials
Pressure Treated Wood
Pressure treated wood is one of the most common choices of decking material, largely due to its affordability and availability from coast to coast. Most pressure treated lumber is milled from yellow pine, then treated with chemicals to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring insects. The downside to pressure treated wood is that it does have a tendency to crack or warp over time. Also, it will require maintenance to prolong the appearance and lifespan of the deck. Annual power washing is recommended, as is an application of stain or preservative every few years.
Natural Woods: Cedar and Redwood
These softwoods are known for their rich color and grain patterns. Unlike pressure treated lumber, these natural woods contain tannins and oils that make them naturally resistant to rot, fungus and wood-boring insects rather than chemicals. In most areas, the cost of cedar and redwood are roughly three times the cost of pressure treated lumber. However, price will vary based on the grade and quality. These woods can be stained or left natural. If left natural, they will age to a soft silvery color. Redwood and cedar will also require an annual pressure washing, and an application of a water-repellent wood preservative is recommended every few years to prevent splintering caused by the weather.
Massaranduba, cumaru, red tauari, tigerwood, ipe, and Philippine mahogany are just some of the tropical hardwoods available for decking. These exotic, rich-grained woods are extremely hard, very durable and naturally resistant to rot and insects. Tropical hardwoods are relatively expensive, especially when compared with PT lumber, but in most parts of the country they’re comparable in cost to redwood and cedar. Most hardwoods are very dense, making them difficult to stain. An oil based stain that is specifically formulated for hardwoods will work best. Experts typically recommend waiting 2-3 months before staining, to allow natural oils to leach out of the wood and improve the stain’s penetration. Hardwoods can also be left natural, in which case they will age to a silvery finish. If left natural, a UV-blocking wood preservative should be applied every 3-5 years, depending on exposure to the sun and elements.
Composite decking is the fastest growing trend today. The decking is made with wood fibers and recycled plastic, making it weather resistant, as well as highly resistant to splintering, warping, rotting or splitting. Plastic lumber is generally included in the composite category, and is made from 100% plastic. It too is highly resistant to weather, warping, rotting, or splintering/splitting. There are several manufacturers and prices will vary accordingly; however, as a rule of thumb, composite is generally less expensive than plastic lumber. The greatest advantage with either option is the low maintenance aspect. Neither option will ever require sanding, staining, or application of a preservative like their wood counter-parts. They may require pressure washing and/or treating for mold and mildew, particularly if they are in a shaded or damp area.
Why Choose Us
We pride ourselves on outstanding craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and working closely with you through every step of the design and build process to make your new outdoor living space an extension of your home. We design and build each and every project to be a personal masterpiece for our clients, with the personal attention and care that our clients deserve.
If you are searching for a patio and deck builder or remodeling contractor in Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Bethany Beach or Ocean View, Delaware, please feel free to contact Sea Light Design-Build at 302-537-2071.