Tips from the Experts
Roger Masse of Masse Furniture says that everyone can stay in the green by using green appliances. Whether it be energy efficient stoves or washers that use as little soap as necessary, not only are these appliances good for the environment, but they’re also good for your wallet.
The Sting of Composites
First there’s the “ouch!” followed by the wince, then the slap, then the rubbing of the area in question, then it’s over. That, in a nutshell, describes the experience of buying composite decking. It’s essentially that first little financial sting of summer. Muhammed Ali used to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. However, the composite sting won’t topple you over like an Ali punch, but it will grab your attention, and depending on your budget status, the financial hit will most likely be somewhere between the sting of a wasp, and that of a mosquito. So, why put yourself through such an unpleasant financial experience? Because it’s worth it, and is basically like accepting a sting today, then receiving a free pass from the mosquitoes, bees, and balance of the biting insect world for the next 25 years. In other words, the price of composite decking relates directly to the cost of freedom, or at least having most summer weekends off for the next 20+ years. Are composite decks totally maintenance free? Not quite, although they could be. Because the finish on composite decking is so terrific looking, you’re going to want to keep it clean. So, this chore will require a quick spray using the garden hose (put your pressure washer in the dumpster) followed by a sweep with soft bristled 24” push broom. What to look for in composite decking? Choose either a solid PVC or PVC wrapped product. This, as opposed to the solid composite, or old recipe products that are a mixture of recycled plastics and wood fibers. These original recipe products are often on sale, but they’re to be avoided. Although definitely cheaper in price, pure composites won’t wear as well, and aren’t nearly as stain and scratch resistant as the solid PVC or PVC wrapped products. What to remember when designing your composite