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The Log Connection November Newsletter
CONTENTS November 1, 2011
News: November Plan Book Special Home of the Month: the Texas Ranch Wood Deck or Trex Deck? Free Desktop Calendar of the month
 
NEWS THIS MONTH:
NOVEMBER PLAN BOOK SPECIAL

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Home of the Month: the Texas Ranch

This extraordinary home is perfect for the dynamic family. The gracious wrap around, U-shaped kitchen design is highlighted by the equally impressive dining room and spectacular vaulted great room. A walk-in closet and full ensuite are featured in the spacious master suite. The attached double garage has plenty of space above for a home office or full in-law suite.
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Texas Ranch great room
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Home Plan of the Month: the Texas Ranch, 3630 sq. ft.  This extraordinary home is perfect for the dynamic family. The gracious wrap around, U-shaped kitchen design is highlighted by the equally impressive dining room and spectacular vaulted great room. A walk-in closet and full ensuite are featured in the spacious master suite.  The attached double garage has plenty of space above for a home office or full in-law suite.  Click here to see more...
 
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Wood Deck or Trex Deck?

Deck Material - Wood Deck or Trex Deck? Many people looking to building a new deck are stuck with the question of the best materials to use for their construction. There are two major classes of deck materials: wood and composites. Both materials have pros and cons, but it is ultimately up to the homeowner to decide what type of material is best to use when building their deck.
 
Wooden Deck
Wood has been the most popular choice for deck builders in North America for many years. This is thanks to superior qualities of wood when it comes to durability, reliability, and versatility. You can easily cut wood to fit any style of deck design, whereas this might be harder to achieve with less versatile composite materials. Since wooden decks are so popular, there are also a much greater numbers of pre-designed deck plans that you can use in your own background. Not to mention, wooden decks are often more aesthetically pleasing and can instantly add style or personality to your home.
 
Unfortunately, wood may not be the best material to use due to the beating it takes from Mother Nature. Both sunlight and heavy rains can cause significant damage and deterioration to wooden decks over time, so it is important that you properly maintain your wooden deck if you want to make it last longer.
 
A common problem experienced by many owners of wooden decks is flaking paint. If the paint was originally applied on a dirty or oily surface, it will probably have a problem sticking to the wood over time. Even if applied correctly, continued exposure to the sun's rays will cause the paint on wooden decks to chip away. To fix this problem, use a paint scraper to remove loose chips in problem areas. Then, sand the surface of the wooden deck and re-apply primer. When the primer is dried, you can repaint the wood.
 
The biggest part of maintaining your deck is keeping a close eye on its overall condition throughout the year. Regular applications of a water repellant coating will help reduce the negative effects of the continuous wetting and drying cycle that wooden decks are subjected to. There are many products on the market that will help you clean and treat your wooden deck to help preserve it for years to come.
 
Trex Deck
Trex decks are made from a type of composite deck material which is a mix of wood and plastic. This combination in Trex deck products allows the consumers to reap the benefits of each material. The plastic element of Trex decks shields the deck from insect damage and excess moisture, while the wooden elements provide stability and traction while protecting the plastic from UV damage. This combination means Trex decks are one of the best materials to use if you don't want to worry about costly repairs and time-consuming maintenance.
 
Other
Composite Deck Materials Aside from Trex decks, there are many other wood-plastic composite materials available from which you can construct a beautiful deck. The recent surge in sales of these materials has been sparked by the relatively small amount of maintenance the material requires. Many people believe that composite is the best material to use because it does not require repeated staining or waterproofing. Since composite materials come in a variety of colors, this eliminates the need to continuously re-paint your deck, and makes it easier to design a deck to suit your taste. One disadvantage of choosing composites to build your deck is their high price tag. While many people believe wooden decks are more expensive than composite, this is not the case. Make sure your budget can accommodate composite materials before deciding to use them.  

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