Deck Construction: 3 Things You Need to Know

Plenty of people in Sarasota enjoy spending time outdoors, basking in the sunshine, partaking in water activities, and more. Residents often look to deck construction in order to enhance their outdoor living spaces. What says ‘summer’ more than stepping out onto your beautiful wood deck with a pitcher of lemonade, hosting a barbecue with the neighbors and relishing in the gorgeous weather? Before you jump right into building a new construction, consider the following.

1. Materials Matter in Deck Construction

In Sarasota, we see a diverse array of weather. In one day, it can be blisteringly hot with sunshine and no clouds, pour down rain, and storm with lightning and thunder. Sometimes, you just never know what’s going to happen! Because we have such varied weather, it is important that your deck construction reflects that. You want your materials to be able to withstand storms and hours of direct sunlight, so making sure that you have a sturdy, durable option is essential. Most companies offer either wood, composite, or cellular PVC.

2. Plan for Deck Construction

Your environment matters when it comes to deck construction. Sarasota residents must take their property into consideration before planning their project. Measure out the space you have to build on and from there, determine what land is usable. If your property is not perfectly level, there are ways to accommodate the structure to make it level. Many people live right on the water, and often, the land right against the shore is susceptible to erosion. This means that any constructing has to be planned for and the property needs to be prepped accordingly (seawalls, concrete barriers, etc.).

3. Consult the Professionals — Call Priority Marine

There’s a reason the professionals are pros. Professionals have the necessary experience and education, and have the tools and connections to finish the job correctly. At Priority Marine, we help Tampa Bay area clients with their residential and commercial marine deck construction and more. Check out the different materials, including wood, composite, and cellular PVC on our website to help you decide which one is the best choice for your Sarasota home. When you are ready to get started on your project to improve your home, give us a call at (727) 447-1373 or contact us today.

Need Seawall Repair? You’ve Got Options

Seawall Repair | Clearwater | Priority MarineThe only thing between your waterfront home and the Gulf of Mexico is a seawall. Whether you live directly on the Gulf, alongside Clearwater Harbor, or somewhere nearby, the salt water is trying to get in. Erosion is a natural process of tide and time. The ceaseless repetition of waves beating against a sea barrier can weaken its foundation and ultimately threaten your property. Therefore, periodic inspection and maintenance are important. And when you need expert seawall repair, count on the professionals at Priority Marine.

Erosion, Exposure, and Hurricanes in Clearwater

A traditional seawall constructed of steel-reinforced concrete has a life expectancy of approximately 30 years. Three decades of constant exposure to the corrosive effects of salt water will test even the most durable of substances. Also, Clearwater and the other Gulf Coast cities are at the mercy of hurricane season every June through November. Consequently, seawall repair along our coast is a year-round business. Hurricane winds and tides erode and decay walls from the inside out. Seawall failure doesn’t necessarily happen over a long period. A particularly violent storm can exacerbate an existing weakness, causing the wall to buckle or collapse.

Priority Marine uses synthetic construction materials from Crane Material International (CMI). The company’s Shoreguard barriers are corrosion resistant; they’re also flexible and install much more quickly than traditional materials. They leave a smaller footprint on the environment. CMI Shoreguard composite barriers are now protecting homeowners in all 50 states; consequently, you’ll find them all over Clearwater — the proud work of the Priority Marine team.

Is Seawall Repair In Your Immediate Future?

How do you know if you need seawall repair? Let’s say you have a traditional wall, made of concrete reinforced with steel rebar. Behind the wall, you might notice small sinkholes places where the soil is eroding inward and down through the structure. Again, this is a natural process working against an unnatural barrier. If you can see rust-colored cracks anywhere along the cap and down into the concrete, saltwater has seeped in and is corroding the structural rebar. Cracks, obviously, are a bad sign, indicating a compromise of the wall itself. The next storm may exert enough force to bring the entire thing down.

Materials including stone, treated wood, and coquina rock are used to build sea barriers in Clearwater. We use CMI composites in our construction, and recommend this advanced technology for seawall repair.

Let Priority Marine take a look at your seawall — we’ll help you keep the water out! Call (727) 447-1373 or contact us today.

Wood Decking: When You Want the Real Deal

In marine construction, there are numerous types of synthetic and composite materials used in the creation of boat docks and waterfront decks. However, many people prefer the classic look of wood decking. Real grains and the appearance of knots simply can’t be duplicated in a laboratory. Priority Marine builds all kinds of structures in Sarasota, with the materials you choose. Although composites reduce deck maintenance — they don’t rot or decay with time, bugs, or weather — they simply don’t have the same appeal of real wood. It all depends on what you’re after.

What Materials Do You Want For Your Wood Decking?

Ipe is a strong and durable South American hardwood. With more than three decades in the marine construction business, Priority Marine recommends Brazilian Ipe for wood decking. It’s been an industry standard for decades. In fact, the boardwalk at New York’s famed Coney Island — an extremely high-traffic area — was originally constructed with Ipe and other Amazonian hardwoods. New York continues to use Ipe in repairs and replacements when they become necessary. It’s weight-bearing, insect-resistant, and gives the boardwalk that classic, wooden-plank look.

Redwood and cedar are two softwoods some prefer for their wood decking. They are known to be resistant to insect activity, decay, and the harsh Florida weather. Cedar heartwood is also moisture-resistant. Since moisture getting into the boards is the cause of eventual splits, twists, and cracks, cedar is popular as a deck lumber. You’ll find cedar wood decking all over Sarasota and the entire Bay area. It’s beautiful wood with an appealing natural look. And it smells nice!

Pressure-treated lumber is certainly the most durable choice for wood decking. Although it’s not as durable as the South American hardwoods and not as beautiful, it is less expensive. In the long run, pressure-treated pine lumber is something of an industry standard. Technically, here’s how it happens: chemical preservatives are driven deep into the fibers of the wood. These render the decking boards virtually impenetrable by insects such as termites, fungus, and other organisms of decay.

Seek Out Priority Marine in Sarasota

Whatever material you choose for your deck needs to be maintained, periodically treated, and – over time – replaced. That’s the way nature works. The experts at Priority Marine help create the exact deck you see in your mind’s eye. Whether it’s adjacent to a boat dock, or a free-standing backyard patio, we consult, advise, and recommend. Then we build, using the materials that you’ve decided are ideal for your Sarasota deck.

For decks, docks, boardwalks, boat lifts, and more in Sarasota, call Priority Marine at (727) 447-1373 or contact us today.