Products & Materials
West Coast Decks uses only the finest building materials available for
deck construction. It is for this reason that we
use Dunn Lumber in Bellevue as our primary supplier of materials. The Bellevue
store is a member of the Dunn family of lumber stores, which includes
10 locations in the Puget Sound area. Family owned since 1907, Dunn Lumber
is known throughout the industry for providing extremely high quality
and “hard to find” lumber products. We may pay a little more
for our materials but we feel the quality justifies the cost. Please feel
free to visit Dunn Lumber (2350 140th Avenue NE in Bellevue) to view and
discuss all the different types of building materials available for decks.
In short, we insist on the finest products available for use on your deck.
We only build 100-130 custom decks per year and guarantee that each of
our customers are 100% satisfied.
The wood used in the framework of all West Coast Decks projects is called
“ground contact” pressure treated wood. The framework is the
skeleton of the deck (what holds everything up) and local building codes
require the use of treated lumber in all frameworks. There has been a
lot of discussion lately regarding pressure treated lumber and the products
used to treat this lumber. Dunn Lumber supplies us with Natural Select
Wolmanized treated lumber. This lumber uses a process known as CBA and
does not contain any arsenic. This particular type of treated lumber is
also the least corrosive to the metal connectors used in deck construction.
All supporting footings are hand dug and poured with new concrete on site.
In today’s market, manufactured decking is, without a doubt, the
most popular choice for consumers. There have been many technological
advances made with these types of decking and railing materials over the
past 15 years. The best news is that manufactured decking materials just
keep getting better and better! The main thing to remember is that while
these products are very durable and are usually less maintenance than
a traditional wood deck, they are NOT bullet proof and still require diligent
cleaning and some limited care. Read more about different decking surfaces
Natural Decking Materials
West Coast Decks offers many different railing materials and styles. Most
of our wood railings are built with Western Red Clear cedar. Some other
railing materials would include composites, aluminum, glass, pipe, cable
and wrought iron. We are also finding that combining different materials
(i.e., aluminum and wood, composites and wood, composites and aluminum,
etc.) makes for a very attractive and low maintenance railing system.
Check out the many different railing styles on the
Rail Styles page.
West Coast Decks uses a couple of different waterproofing membranes for
decks that require a complete waterproof (solid) surface. These are usually
decks over living areas or decks over a patio, both of which need to stay
dry. Weatherdek Vinyl is a sheet material system glued down to a plywood
subsurface and sealed at the seams via a heat weld. Gacoflex is a liquid
applied, paint-on type product available in a variety of colors and textures.