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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Best Materials For Patio And Deck Installation

by Mike Brewer

If you're planning on building a patio or a deck, you'll have a wide range of options as far as materials go. Although it's easy to opt for a material just because it looks good, there are a number of factors that you'll be better off considering. These factors will determine how long your deck will last and whether or not the look that you like so much will fade with time.


Wood is still the most popular material used for decks and patio installation. It's the most traditional of the available options, and the main features that attract people towards wood are its low cost, beauty, and natural warmth. If the wood is completely natural, you'll need to take certain steps to maintain it and keep insects away.

Pressure-treated wood requires less maintenance, since it has been chemically treated. If you're up to the task of doing what needs to be done to keep the wood looking good, it can be a great choice for you.

Wood Composite

Wood composite combines plastic and wood fibers, and this material is becoming one of the most popular among deck builders in the country. This material is light, is resistant to staining, and isn't adversely affected by the weather. There's also no risk of rotting or splintering. For decks that are designed with few or no curves, this material is a good option.


When you're chasing a high-end look for your deck or patio, tile is one of the materials that you should consider. It comes in many styles and colors, and when grouted, it's an excellent material for outdoor use. There are now tiles that are slip resistant and non-porous. As long as you can afford it, tile can be the ideal material for your patio or deck.

Poured Concrete

The appeal of poured concrete is the fact that it's a simple material, and it can be used for patios of any size or shape. It's a low-cost solution, and maintenance requirements for such a structure would be close to zero. When properly designed, the results can be very appealing.

Natural Stone

If you have deep pockets and aesthetics are your primary concern, natural stone is a great material for patios. These stones come in a wide variety of options and they hold their color better than other materials. They're also good for patio designs with curves, and they blend well with the environment.

Contact a deck installation contractor to learn more.