When Steve Sidoti, president of Arizona-based Bella Arte Builders, decided it was time to tackle his own backyard renovation, he knew just how important selecting the right decking material would be to the enjoyment of his outdoor living area.
“If you want a deck to be a part of your outdoor living area in Phoenix, it needs to be cool to the touch, friendly on bare feet and look good after long hours in the sun,” said Sidoti. “It also needs to be able to withstand water contact without breaking down over time. Pools and water features are a big part of what makes an outdoor lifestyle possible when the sun is out in full force.”
To install decking that met these multiple needs, Sidoti turned to ChoiceDek composite decking. The durable, high-performance composite decking uses a mix of wood fibers and plastic that allow the boards to weather naturally without splintering, cracking or warping. Additionally, the deck boards fully encapsulate wood fibers in plastic, allowing them to withstand water contact without loss of integrity.
“I’ve used ChoiceDek composite decking in numerous home building projects over the years, so I knew it was the perfect fit,” said Sidoti. “It stands up well to water and sun, and the lighter Beach House Gray colored deck boards absorb less heat to remain cool to the touch. Aesthetically, they’re a great complement to our tiled swimming pool. The gray boards help bring out the blue of the water to make it a focal point.”
As an added benefit, ChoiceDek composite decking makes building outdoor deck-escapes a breeze. The decking can be ripped down the board, routed along the edges and bent into eye-catching curves. This flexibility was a key benefit for Sidoti, as his landscaping vision also included a circular, standalone deck with an outdoor fireplace and sitting area.
“My goal was to create an outdoor destination that was as stylish as it was functional. ChoiceDek made that possible. I was able to easily the bend the fascia boards, and create a circular sitting area that overlooks a pond. It came out as nice I could envision,” said Sidoti.
Today, ChoiceDek composite decking is interspersed throughout Sidoti’s backyard retreat, from a pool surround to a boardwalk over a dry pond, a dock and a circular sitting area. And, although the decking is just one of many new elements in Sidoti’s backyard, it really is the focal point of his yard.
“We just enjoyed our second summer on the new decking, and it’s held up great. Even the dog likes to sit in the sun on the boardwalk,” concluded Sidoti.
When it comes to creating a distinctive deck or outdoor living space, choose the decking that has it all. ChoiceDek composite decking’s advanced technology ensures each board is stain, fade, mold and mildew resistant to its core. Suitable for any non-structural application, it can be used in projects like docks and surrounds for pools and hot tubs where the decking is in contact with the ground or water without voiding the 25-year warranty. ChoiceDek composite decking products are composed of 95% total recycled content, helping keep pre- and post-consumer plastic materials such as packaging films and shopping bags from ending up in landfills.
ChoiceDek decking and railing is manufactured by Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc., (A.E.R.T.). It is available in three attractive colors, with realistic embossed wood grain patterns, and is sold exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores.
To learn more about ChoiceDek composite decking, visit www.choicedek.com or call (800) 951-5117.