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What material should I use for my deck?

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Aluminum pickets can create an open feel for any deck.

Aluminum pickets can create an open feel for any deck.

When you add a deck to your home, you want it to be usable, attractive, durable, and easy to maintain. Our customers love the decks we build because we help them get the best deck possible for their budgets. We start with the choosing the deck material.

Pressure-treated Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is still the “go-to” option for deck construction. It’s the least expensive alternative and is readily available. Although treated with chemicals and preservatives to resist rot, decay, and insect damage, it requires regular maintenance. Yearly pressure washing and application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years will keep your deck attractive and stable.

Untreated Cedar or Redwood

For those preferring untreated lumber, cedar and redwood are good options. They contain natural oils and tannins that resist to damage. Both come in different grades based on whether the boards come from the inner or outer part of the tree. Redwood and cedar are more difficult to find and more expensive than traditional pressure-treated lumber. They require annual power washing, application of a clear, water-repellent wood preservative (or stain to preserve the color), and a coat of finish every three to four years.

PVC Decking

PVC plastic decking is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a low-maintenance alternative to traditional decking that resists mold and stains, retains its color, and is cooler underfoot than pressure-treated or natural wood. We carry both AZEK® and Solstice PVC decking, so you can get the look you want at a price you can afford.
View our AZEK® Decking gallery » | View our Solstice Decking Gallery »


Deck rails can be made of wood, PVC, or aluminum. The rails in the deck shown above give an airier feel than the usual wood rails.
View our Lansing-Westbury Railing Gallery »

Learn more about decking materials »

Contact Us

To schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation to plan your new deck, complete our “Request a Consultation” form at the left or call us at (540) 537-2876. We’re always happy to help our customers save money and increase the value of their homes!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!

Let the light in!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Patio Doors

Traditional paned door from the outside

Patio Doors from Inside

Patio doors from the inside

Patio Doors

Modern style patio doors

Adding a patio to your home not only adds a pleasant outdoor space, but the patio doors and adjacent windows allow more light into the house as well.

The length and floorplan of your home and the slope of your yard will determine the length and width of the patio you can add. The longer the patio, the more windows and patio doors you can add to let light in. These photos are of doors to a 9′ patio and a 12′ patio.

Choosing your doors


Choose a style of door that will complement the style of your home and your existing doors and windows. Traditional style homes may want traditional doors with pane inserts and matching windows, while more modern home styles may be enhanced with a cleaner, “no pane” look.

Energy efficiency.

Energy Star®To avoid energy loss through your new doors and windows, be sure to select that meet or exceed the Energy Star® guidelines for energy efficiency.

Click here to visit the Energy Star® Residential Windows, Door, and Skylights website for more information about Energy Star® compliance, tax benefits, and potential savings of residential doors and windows.


System Home Improvement ProductsWindows and Home Renovations Direct offers a wide range of brands, including System, ProVia, Pella, Therma-Tru, and Peachtree.

Learn more about the variety of doors we sell and install.
View our Door Photo Gallery.


If adding a patio and patio doors and windows to your home sounds interesting but confusing and expensive, contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We can you let the light in…affordably!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!

Professional in-ground pool installation

Sunday, May 4th, 2014
We build in-ground pool

We build in-ground pools – and patios, too!

It’s that time of year again – the time when families start to wonder, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a pool in the backyard?”

We Can Help!

Adding an in-ground pool takes planning. Where you put it depends on building and homeowner’s association regulations, as well as the size and slope of your property and the type of soil it has.

We’re putting this pool in a yard with a slope. It takes a lot of work and know-how to get it just right. This will be finished soon and ready for the owners to enjoy, along with the flagstone pool deck we put in around it.

Do you have questions about putting a pool in your yard?

Contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation on-site consultation to determine the type of pool that will best fit your yard, your budget, and your family.

Custom outdoor fire pits

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Custom Outdoor Fire Pit

A custom outdoor fire pit adds warmth and visual appeal to your backyard.

A fire pit is an enclosed area that confines an open fire. It can be dug into the ground or built on it, free-standing or built with an attached patio. Fire pits can be made out of concrete and gravel, stone, block, pavers, brick, iron, or glass and can be fueled by propane, ethanol, gel fuel, charcoal, or wood.

Both permanent and portable fire pits of various types are available at home improvement stores, but if you want a fire pit designed to accent your home and meet your specific needs and preferences, a custom-built fire pit is a great — and surprisingly affordable — option.

On cool nights, a fire pit provides a gathering place for your family and friends, but there are safety concerns and a number of design options. Contact us for a no-cost, no-obligation, on-side consultation and start enjoying your backyard more than ever!