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The Benefits of Composite Decking Material

A friend of mine was telling me recently about a new building material she and her husband used on the deck of their house. She told me it was made of composite decking material.

I guess I should have known what she was talking about, but I honestly didn’t. So I asked her exactly what she meant. She happily began to tell me some of the benefits to composite wood versus organic wood.

Plus, she strongly advised me to check out a website called Latitudes Decking & Railing. Since I was conveniently sitting at my computer when I was talking with her on my cell phone, I immediately clicked on their website to find out more.

I discovered this innovative company has four different styles of composite decking material. Capricorn Tropical, Captiva, Intrepid and Marine. Each of these styles comes with a 25-year limited warranty.

Basically, I found out the biggest benefit to composite wood versus organic wood is the cost. Hardwood can be VERY expensive. Plus, I will probably have to spend every spring maintaining my wood deck in order to prevent splitting, cracking or color change.

And another disadvantage with organic wood is, if I live in a region where there isn’t much access to wood, the cost could skyrocket!

Composite decking material, on the other hand, is weather and stain resistant, lightweight, requires little maintenance and it won’t splinter or rot.

And, this synthetic decking material is environmentally friendly. I really liked that feature. Other descriptive terms for composite decking is wood-polymer, wood alternative or synthetic decking. I learned at Latitudes Decking & Railing that it’s the fastest-growing decking material for residential use over the last decade.

Nowadays, people are living extremely busy lifestyles. I’m no exception. I bet you are busy too. I want a deck that’s easy to care for and looks great year after year without a lot of fuss or cost. I just don’t have time to care for a wood deck, and I’m sure you don’t either.

Their website even has a deck visualizer that will help you see just how great each style will look when finished.

Why don’t you take my friend’s advice and check out the composite decking material at Latitudes Decking & Railing today.

And now you know, it’s my advice too!


How Lighting with Solar Post Caps Can Relieve Stress

I’ve been giving some serious thought what I will get for myself this Christmas. One of the things on my list is deck lighting around my outdoor deck. You may think this is an odd present and an odd way to relieve stress, but, believe me, it isn’t. It’s very practical. I love the look of accent lights on trees and decks and how that look calms me down after a hard day.

I think it’s an excellent way to create a unique look and feel and add personality to my outdoor living space. After all, I’m planning to spend a lot of time out there this summer, and I want it to look great for myself or when I entertain.

Of course, being the computer savvy person that I am, the first thing I did was check out www.deckorators.com/postcaps/lighting from the comfort of my home.

I discovered this fantastic company has much to offer in the way of deck lighting. Three of the options I particularly like are the Solar Post Caps, the Designer Solar Post Caps and the Solar Glass Post Caps.

Nowadays, everyone seems to be looking for ways to enhance their green footprint and save precious resources. I am no exception. That’s why the Solar Post Caps really appeal to me. They have a Tiffany-style stained glass appearance which look gorgeous during the day. But, at night, after the sun has gone down, they’ll add a rich appearance to my outdoor space. And, there are five Tiffany styles to choose from: California Grape, Sunflower, Mission, Seagrass Serpentine Jade and Filigreed Northwoods.

Each cap fits a standard 4 x 4 post. They will give the illumination I’m looking for without any wiring or electricity.

How great is that?

Not only will I be able to add these beautiful post caps onto the tops of each of my posts, but I can also add other deck lighting accessories to my hand rails, walkways and steps.

I can just picture how beautiful it’s going to be, and I can hardly wait!

The website at www.deckorators.com/postcaps/lighting has everything I need to convert my dark and drab deck to one of light and beauty. There’s even information on care and warranties as well as a Deck Visualizer and with just a couple of clicks, I can get an idea of what my deck will look like when it’s finished.

Let’s be ready for summer fun! I’m so glad I checked out www.deckorators.com/postcaps/lighting, and I hope you will too.