Build boldly with these 4 fea­tures of ad­vanced deck­ing

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If you’re plan­ning to cre­ate an out­door liv­ing space, ad­vanced deck­ing en­ables you to show off your cre­ativ­ity. For years, com­plex deck de­signs have been dif­fi­cult to achieve with tra­di­tional lum­ber. But, with ad­vances in to­day’s deck­ing ma­te­ri­als, you have the flex­i­bil­ity to cre­ate vir­tu­ally any de­sign to re­flect your style. The pos­si­bil­i­ties of cre­at­ing a bold deck de­sign are only limited by your imag­i­na­tion. For ex­am­ple, did you love hop­scotch while grow­ing up? Build a hop­scotch board into your deck. Maybe you are an avid mu­si­cian; why not de­sign your deck in a gi­ant gui­tar shape?

Let your imag­i­na­tion run wild with these four fea­tures of com­pos­ite deck­ing that will help your bold de­signs come to life.

1. Durable above ground

When you are con­sid­er­ing a bold back­yard de­sign, an im­por­tant fac­tor is the dura­bil­ity of your build­ing ma­te­ri­als. If you are go­ing to cre­ate a de­sign that you en­joy, you will want it to last a long time. Think about the use a deck gets in the course of the year; from weather ex­po­sure to food stains, tra­di­tional decks lose their lus­ter in ar­eas of high traf­fic or ex­po­sure. The main­te­nance time in­vest­ment of keep­ing your deck in tip­top shape could be spent en­joy­ing your cre­ation rather than work­ing on it. Com­pos­ite deck­ing is man­u­fac­tured for dura­bil­ity against the el­e­ments and fre­quent use so you have less work in the long term.

2. Bend it like Beck­ham...

Chances are, a quick look at so­cial me­dia, TV or even a mag­a­zine will flood your vi­sion with vivid im­ages of beau­ti­ful out­door liv­ing spa­ces an­chored by large, curved deck­ing. No, these decks are not Hol­ly­wood magic or an op­ti­cal il­lu­sion. Such decks are pos­si­ble due to a build­ing tech­nique called “deck bend­ing.” Com­pos­ite boards, like Mois­tureShield com­pos­ite deck­ing, are made, in part, with re­cy­cled plas­tic, which makes them flex­i­ble when heated prop­erly. This flex­i­bil­ity makes your wildest de­sign ideas pos­si­ble for a truly bold and per­son­al­ized look.

3. In­stal­la­tion on the ground

For those who en­joy the nat­u­ral seren­ity of your back­yard, con­sider the benefits of com­pos­ite board­walks in your back­yard oa­sis. In­stalling low-ly­ing com­pos­ite board­walks on the ground in or­der to tie in nat­u­rally with your yard’s land­scap­ing is an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar op­tion for home­own­ers seek­ing a back­yard es­cape from the hus­tle of the day. With the use of ad­vanced deck­ing in your board­walk, you can take a re­lax­ing stroll through your back­yard with­out the worry of rot­ten boards and splin­ters, and you can cre­ate a path to the gar­den with­out track­ing mud back to the house.

4. Un­der­wa­ter in­stal­la­tion

This may sound like a fea­ture only Aqua­man would use for his deck, but it is still rel­e­vant to those of us who live above the sea floor. Docks and mari­nas are fre­quently bom­barded by weather, wa­ter and foot traf­fic that take their toll on the sur­face. Of­ten, this weath­er­ing makes the sur­face an eye­sore that doesn’t com­ple­ment the beau­ti­ful scenery. “Dock sur­faces tend to rot, warp and splin­ter after ex­tended ex­po­sure to the sun, wa­ter, and el­e­ments, whereas high-per­for- mance com­pos­ite boards will re­sist com­mon is­sues found with tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als; even if they are fully sub­merged,” said Josh Lan­dis, se­nior man­ager at Mois­tureShield. High-per­for­mance com­pos­ite deck­ing can be in­stalled over wa­ter as a durable dock sur­face or even un­der­wa­ter as a boat launch or wa­ter ac­cess ramp for your lake house or ocean­front home.

With the avail­abil­ity and fea­tures of ad­vanced com­pos­ite deck­ing ma­te­ri­als to­day, your de­sign can be as unique and per­son­al­ized as you want it to be. Whether you are con­sid­er­ing build­ing a new deck or ren­o­vat­ing an ex­ist­ing one, you can cre­ate a de­sign that is a re­flec­tion of your per­son­al­ity. Take a chance, build boldly.

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