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When Christine and Daniel Moore moved into their new home nestled in the woods of Newark, Delaware (USA), they knew they wanted a seasonal outdoor space to extend their home into the natural surroundings. To accomplish this task, one of the first projects for the new homeowners was the construction of a backyard deck.
(Published on October-November 2005 – JEC Magazine #20)
In their previous home, the Moores had a 75m2 deck made of pressuretreated wood that required a lot of maintenance. “For ten years in our old home, we sanded and treated the deck every year. I knew that there had to be alternative deck building products available,” said Christine.
Christine dived head first into the project because she made a special deal with Daniel who had built the previous deck on the old home. She agreed to help with the new landscaping if she could hire a builder to handle the construction of the deck. After doing lengthy Internet research on composite deck products and taking a look at other homeowner’s decks, Christine found TimberTech.
Tongue-and-groove composite planks
The Moores selected TimberTech’s tongueand- groove planks and ornamental railing in cedar for their backyard haven. Each plank features consistent colour quality to minimize variations from plank to plank and contains special additives to guard against harmful U.V. weathering and ensure maximum colour with minimal fade.
“I researched a number of composite decking manufacturers, but many of the cedar colours offered had too much orange in them. The TimberTech cedar was the perfect shade of brown and I fell in love with the tongue-andgroove look,” said Christine.
The tongue-and-groove planks, made from a patented formulation of pure plastic resins and the highest quality oak wood flour, offer a fastener-free, slip-resistant surface that marries low-maintenance with elaborate design elements. In addition, each plank contains highly reflective, inorganic colour pigments to ensure each board is always comfortable to touch, regardless of sun intensity or air temperature. The ornamental railing system goes above and beyond the norm of decking designs. Similar to the planks, it is made from a patented formulation of pure plastic resins and high-quality wood flour. It is designed to match the beauty of wood while also being an attractive replacement to wood, vinyl and other composite railing systems. Each board is straight and free of knots, splinters or curves.
Creating the perfect outdoor space
With the deck materials selected, the next step was to hire the right builder. Christine contacted Tom Parisi of A+ Decks Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware (USA), and told him what she wanted. While Parisi had worked with TimberTech decking products in the past, this was his first opportunity to install the railing. Because Christine was insistent on having the decorative handrail match the rest of the deck instead of installing a white vinyl railing, she gladly provided him with information about the ornamental railing system, which she printed directly from the company’s Web site. “TimberTech is a great decking product to work with,” said Parisi.
“The interlocking system of the tongue-andgroove planks give the finished deck a very clean and classy look. And it is more durable that other composite decking products.”
Christine worked closely with Parisi on the design of the 74m² deck.
The deck has a custom, one-of-a-kind design – picture frame moulding pattern with an area bumped out for the grill. As a final aesthetic touch, Parisi spaced the balusters in groups of two instead of simply installing each one the same distance apart from each other.
“No two decks are the same,” said Parisi. “From the pattern of the balusters to the flared out steps, the deck was designed to complement the home.” If you build it, they will come.
Today, the Moores and their two dogs enjoy quiet evenings on their deck surrounded by the natural beauty of the wilderness. “We’ve already done lots of entertaining on the deck and are out enjoying it every night.
Out of all of the features and amenities of our new house, I am the most proud of our deck,” said Christine.