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Decks

It's nice to sit and enjoy your garden, and decks can provide you with the perfect perch. You can build one yourself in a few weekends, or hire a professional to do the job for you.

Decks are traditionally built out of wood that's pressure treated or naturally decay-resistant, and must be sealed. But many decks are now built using composite lumber made of wood fiber and recycled plastic, which doesn't require as much maintenance. Vinyl and all-plastic decking are also available.

No matter what material you choose, take care of your deck by sweeping off any debris. And twice a year, use a deck brush and cleaner to keep it looking its best. Your deck is an investment that you'll be able to enjoy for years to come!

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