If you're building a deck to extend out from your house and create more outdoor living space, then you're undertaking a major project. After all, if decks aren't constructed so as to blend in with your landscape design, there's no hiding them after the fact -- decks can stick out like sore thumbs!
There's a lot you need to get right in deck construction, and that means solid planning, before you so much as touch a piece of wood! In fact, part of the planning involves deciding whether you even want a wood deck. That's right: the hegemony of wood decks is no longer unchallenged, and you need to learn about other deck materials before you can make an informed decision. You've probably heard that vinyl is now one of your options for deck materials, but perhaps the hottest of the new deck materials is a mix of plastic and wood products. It's called "composite" decking. And this feature explores the pros and cons of composite decks, as opposed to traditional wood decks. The author of this piece on composite decks, Lawrence Winterburn, posts updates about composite decks in his blog.