The deck is constructed from No. 1 grade, pressure-treated, southern yellow pine.
"We've lived here about 22 years," John Edgar said. "We replaced a smaller, older deck. We use the deck daily. My wife likes to come out here to read."
He said the deck is used at all times of the day. It's a good spot for drinking morning coffee, grilling in the evening or entertaining. He notes the pergola is built in a way that provides shade from the sun.
Bill and Lisa Cooper opted for a multi-level deck.
"We had an existing deck replaced," Bill said. "The original deck from 1985 was unsafe. They used roofing nails. We decided to extend it and put on different railings. We have a disabled son and wanted an extra high railing. The dogs go out on the bottom deck and run around. We have a grill on top and a nice view."
The upstairs part of the deck is about 24 feet by 12 feet, and the lower portion is about 24 feet by 8 feet.
The Edgars and the Coopers use their decks regularly as they extend their living areas into the outdoors.
Deck maintenance tips
The following tips for deck maintenance are from Casey's Building and Remodeling.
* Avoid use of pressure washers because this method of cleaning can damage the wood by removing the soft parts of the grain and leaving areas that collect dirt and promote degradation of the surface. If a pressure washer is used, it should be on a gentle setting.
* A preferred method of cleaning a wooden deck would be a ready-to-use cleaner, or a solution of 3/4 cup of laundry powder and 3/4 cup of bleach with one gallon of water. Use a long-handled stiff brush to apply the cleaning solution. Wait a few minutes. Rinse with a garden hose.
* Once the deck is clean, allow it to dry for a few days before treating with a wood preservative in either clear finish or color. Wooden decks should get a preservative application yearly. If a color is chosen, you are usually committed to that color for the life of the deck.
* Once a deck is painted or stained, a maintenance cycle has been started that will require periodic re-painting or re-staining. Painting or staining is recommended only near the end of a deck's service, when you are trying to get a few more years out of it.
* For a composite deck, clean with a mixture of dish detergent, water and a long-handled brush. Rinse with a garden hose.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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