Product Spotlight: Azek Decking

Where there’s a strong deck, there are strong materials. That’s why the team here at E.M. Snow trusts Azek Decking to provide high-quality materials to reinforce all our decking projects. With our decking, we want homeowners to feel safe, happy, and secure with the results of our work. Luckily for us, Azek Decking seems to be all of these things – and more!

In today’s blog, we’ll be focusing on Azek Decking, including the background of this manufacturer, and why we continue to work with them. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more!

Introduction to Azek

Azek Decking is currently headquartered in the Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, though its influence spreads across the nation, including here in New England. As it stands, Azek is one of the most well-known names in the nation when it comes to manufacturing home improvement materials, and they are destined to get only bigger. They boast facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, and recently announced that they will be opening a new location in Boise, Idaho.

Azek’s Past & Core Values

Though not necessarily long in the traditional sense, the history of Azek Decking has been chock-full of innovation and improvement. The establishment of Azek Decking brings us back to 1983, when the company founded itself on a distinct set of core values which it continues to uphold today. These values include:

  1. Always Doing the Right Thing
  2. It Starts and Ends with the Customer
  3. Value Every Individual
  4. Lead Through Innovation
  5. The Best Team Wins
  6. Better Today Than Yesterday

To learn more about each of these individual core values, head over to their website by clicking here.

A Promising Look Toward the Future

In the modern-day, Azek Decking continues to be distinguished for its positive and forward-thinking business approach. In fact, they have committed themselves to achieve ambitious goals in the near future – such as using one billion pounds of recycled material annually by the end of 2026. As mentioned, the company is expected to grow in size, but refuses to forfeit ingenuity and sustainability in the process. Azek is a company that is guaranteed to stand the test of time – and that’s why we continue to work with them!

You can learn more about the Azek company through their website here.

Considering a Decking Project with Azek Materials? Contact E.M. Snow!

With the help of Azek Decking, our team at E.M. Snow is sure to give you the deck of your dreams. If you’re a homeowner in the greater Boston area and are interesting in taking your exterior to the next level – consider us at E.M. Snow! We have completed countless projects throughout the greater Boston area. Get in touch with us by giving us a call at 781-893-4546. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on your project!

Deck Over The River

Benefits Of Installing A New Deck

With spring time right around the corner, many homeowners are interested in spending more time outside, enjoying the fresh air.  For some homeowners, enjoying the spring and summer entails putting the chairs on their deck and lounging in the sun. If you’ve been considering installing a deck on your home to help you enjoy the warm weather ahead but you’re not sure if it’s worth the investment, take a look at our blog to learn about the benefits of installing a new deck.

Create An Entertaining Space

If you’ve been looking for a space where you can enjoy the warm weather with friends and family, a deck is just what you need! From family get-togethers, to graduation parties, to summer BBQ’s, a deck is the perfect place to entertain during the spring and summer months!

Increase Your Home’s Resale Value & Curb Appeal

If you’ve been looking for a way to increase your home’s value, installing a deck can be a fantastic option.  Generally, deck installations offer between a 70-80% return on your investment, meaning if you sell your home within a few years, you’ll have completely recouped the cost between the resale value and time you were able to spend enjoying the space.  Additionally, a brand new deck looks fantastic and indicates to potential buyers that you are focused on the upkeep and appearance of your home. You can choose to install a natural, wooden material, or you can install composite deck boards in any color to match your home’s exterior. No matter what materials you decide to use, installing a deck will increase your home’s curb appeal and value!

Quick Installation

Another benefit of installing a deck is a quick installation time.  If you’ve wanted to install a deck on your home but you’re worried about all of the noise that comes with constructing anything new on your home, a deck won’t be nearly as loud or never ending as other home improvement projects, such as building an addition or remodeling your home’s interior.  With an installation time of roughly two weeks for the largest decks, it won’t take long to complete your deck installation project!

Extra Storage Space

Installing a deck can help free up storage space that was being used by your outdoor furniture, plant pots, or even things like your bicycles. Adding a deck is an easy way to create outdoor storage space that looks great and give’s your unused furniture a home besides your shed or garage.

Relatively Inexpensive

Compared to most exterior remodeling projects, installing a deck is relatively cheap.  It can be an inexpensive way to add value to your home, with a cost that’s comparable to a low-end vinyl siding project.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in installing a deck on your home this spring, reach out to our team at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to assisting you with your deck installation or exterior remodeling needs!

Rotten Deck Boards

Four Signs Your Deck Needs To Be Replaced

Decks, just like any other part of your homes exterior, are constantly exposed to the elements.  As a result, eventually your deck will begin to fail.  If your deck looks worn out but you have still used it with no issues, you may be wondering why you would need to replace your deck.  However, sometimes the signs that your deck is in need of a replacement can be subtle.  Check out this guide to see some of the signs you may have overlooked:

Rot

When it comes to rot, there are two kinds that can affect your deck.  The first is the most obvious, your run-of-the-mill rot.  If you deck is exposed to high levels of moisture, and especially if it wasn’t finished properly, moisture will make its way into your boards and cause havoc to your decks frame.  However, there is another kind of rot that can affect your deck called Dry Rot.  Dry rot occurs when fungus gets into your decks boards and eats away at the cellouse in the wood which gives the deck its strength. Dry rot appears in long sheets, either grayish or white, and will make its way through your whole deck if left to spread.

Loose Railings

Another sign that your deck needs to be replaced is if your railings are loose.  While you may be able to get away with simply replacing the loose railings, they may be a sign that you have some rot damage in your deck.  At the very least, loose railings are a safety hazard, particularly for children, and you should replace any loose railings as soon as possible.

Cracked Boards

If you find any cracks in your deck boards, its a sign that the wood is nearing the end of its life.  While the wood may not fail today, or tomorrow, it will in the near future, and it could cause injuries to someone if left to continue cracking.  While minor cracks are nothing to worry about, if your boards are splitting down the middle, consider replacing them to increase your decks lifespan.

Failing Ledger Board

Your ledger board is what attaches your deck to your home.  If your ledger board is breaking away from your home, or if your deck is breaking off of your ledger board, you will need to replace the board as soon as possible.  If your ledger board fails completely, your entire deck could fall away from your home. Even if your deck itself is in perfect shape, if your ledger board fails, you could lose your whole deck.  Therefore, if you notice that the board is failing, be sure to replace it as soon as you can.

Have more questions about replacing your deck? Reach out to our team at (781) 893-4546 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you today!