Professional Decks & Custom Additions
Top rated deck builder servicing Cambridge, MA and the greater Boston Area
How It Works
We specialize in building you the deck of your dreams!
Long-lasting & durable, our composite decks are low-maintenance!
Strong and beautifully natural!
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Get your deck repaired and returned to its former glory!
Need that porch built? We got you covered!
Patio, Sunroom, Pergola
Whatever you can dream, we can build!
Our Service Area
We’re the leading deck builder servicing the Greater Boston area. We’ve worked with clients in Cambridge, Boston, Newton, Somerville, Lexington, Watertown and Waltham.
Frequently Asked Questions
If budget is a factor, wood decks (Pressure-Treated Pine, Cedar, etc) will most likely be your best option. However, as stated above, wood decking requires considerably more maintenance throughout the life of the deck. That said, composite decking is a larger upfront investment, but with next to zero maintenance ongoing, may be worth the higher price tag.
In terms of figures, our experience shows an average wood deck will cost $3k to $5k less than an average composite deck. However, producers of composite decking are certainly aware of the substantial price difference in materials, and they are working hard to find ways to make composite decking more affordable for everyone.
We understand wanting to ensure your deck reflects your vision for your home, space requirements, and personal design preferences! Both wood and composite decking offer custom, unique styling options. For example, with wood decks, you have the option of Cedar, Redwood, Pressure Treated Pine, or even hardwoods. From there, select your stain or paint colors that suit your vision.
Keep in mind that with wood decks, painting and/or staining is required regularly, unlike composite.
Composite decking offers the ability to “set it and forget it”, and comes in many different styling options. From modern to earthy, there’s a color and style for every backyard oasis.
I’m sure we’ve ALL been there: you walk outside of the house on a hot summer’s day, take that first step onto the deck only to instantly realize this deck is hot enough to fry an egg on. Those are the moments we’d like to prevent. We’re in this to help you find the perfect deck for all aspects of your life, including your feet!
The short answer is, when it comes to heat, both wood and composite decking tend to get very hot. The biggest difference, however, is that composite decking will withstand the heat much better and doesn’t swell or splinter like traditional wooden decks tend to. This is especially important for families with young children, pets, (or anyone really) planning to walk barefoot on the deck throughout those hot summer seasons.
In our opinion, composite decks have the upper hand when it comes to personal comfort.
So much of that depends on your project and desires. Both composite decking and wood decking have pros and cons that are worth considering. Give us a call and we can discuss your project!
The main purpose of a rail is safety. And that depends on the height, spacing, materials, and fasteners. Wood is traditional, classic, and versatile in its application. But it can be higher maintenance, especially when it’s outside. Vinyl is affordable and easy to clean. But can lack in strength and durability, and tends to fade in color. Steel is the strongest and most durable but is also the most expensive. Other options include aluminum, glass, cable, and more. Call us today to discuss more options for your project!
To tell if a deck is up to code, we look at foot size and depth, beams and posts, ledger boards, joists, railings, diagonal bracing, and stairs. Foot size and depth: They must be wide enough and deep enough for the location. Beams and posts: 4×4 and 6×6 are often used for good support, depending on the area of the deck and how high it is. Ledger boards: Ensure the deck is secured properly to share the load of its weight with the adjoining building and ground. Joists: Using the highest quality wood for these ensures the most stability. Railings and diagonal bracing: These may be required to address lateral movement on decks higher than 30 inches off the ground. Stairs: Best to consult your local code for stairs, as they can vary widely. Building for security and saftey should always be your top priority. Give us a call and we can help you figure out more of the details!
Start with a good inspection! Perhaps you just have a loose board. Perhaps there are serious issues. Do an inspection of the deck’s surface, posts, beams, joists, and fascia board. Just give it a good look over. Does the price of the repair of certain sections of the deck start to come close to a replacement cost? Then perhaps consider a replacement. If you can make the repair yourself, or it’s a small job for a professional, then the cost will likely be less than a replacement. Either way, give us a call and we can help you make a quick decision about what’s best for your situation.
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