Memphis' Best Deck & Fence Company Uses Only Top-Rated Materials
Many of the customers we design and build beautiful decks and fences for often have questions about the structures and the materials we use. This page is intended to help clear up some of the confusion and hopefully answer some questions along the way.
You can use a number of different materials to capture the aesthetic you are looking for, no matter the type of structure you are having built. Our professional designers are trained in answering questions of all sorts and helping you select the choice that fits your home's design and personality in the best way possible.
Pressure Treated Wood - Pressure treated wood is a long lasting building material that is used in many different structures, whether it's in decks, retaining walls, docks, coops or a number of other structures. Wood, no matter where it is placed outdoors, will over time experience natural rot and deterioration. Pressure treatment is formulated to help prevent this. This process involves loading a large stack of lumber into a horizontal cylinder which is then sealed and a liquid preservative is pumped into the tank. The pressure inside the tank is raised, forcing the preservative to sink into the wood grain. Once the process is finished, the remaining preservative is pumped back out for reuse to avoid waste or dumping of the liquid.
Composite - Composite wood is a popular choice for many decks in today's world, providing a gorgeous look that is longer lasting, similar to wood and virtually maintenance free. This composite material is designed to look like wood, but it resistant to fading, peeling or cracking. Most composite decking is made from fine saw dust, plastic resins and bonding materials which are manufactured in a manner that allows them to resist warping and deterioration. Composite material is made to last indefinitely without the need for re-staining, re-painting or much maintenance at all. It acts, feels and looks just like real wooden boards.
Brazilian Hardwood - Brazilian hardwood is often used when building docks as well as decks, especially in a commonly humid area. This hardwood is a dense, close-grained wood, making it harder for moisture to seep into the thin pores. This wood, left untreated, has been known to last for 100 years without degrading and is extremely resistant to wood-loving insects and fungi. It is naturally resistant to rot, splintering, termites, fire, chemical agents and many other threats that would affect other woods. For optimal maintenance, you can stain your hardwood deck (though painting is not recommended) and apply a quality, penetrating oil finish that includes a UV sun block to help keep the beautifully rich colors and tones of your hardwood deck.
Vinyl / PVC Decking - PVC and vinyl decking is a beautiful material that is virtually maintenance free and easy to clean. Without the ability to chip, rot, splinter or crack, it's easy to pressure-wash away any grime or dirt that may accumulate on your deck. Vinyl does not become discolored over time and you will never need to repaint it. Featuring slip-resistant finishes and resistance to building heat along the surface, vinyl offers a unique, low maintenance yet durable product for many deck owners.