All These Delays & Changes May Actually Be A GOOD Thing…

My motto has always been: Change Is Good. But never has that seemed more true than now. You see, it's been about 2 years since we started the process of building our log home. We had the land picked out, the bank picked out, the GC picked out, the builder picked out, the logs picked out, the floorplan designed the way we wanted it, and we even started clearing the land. Then why isn't our log home done yet? Why haven't we even raised the first log yet? We've been forced into a slight holding … [Read more...]

Some Interesting Things About Composite Decks

What follows are some of the most interesting things I've learned about composite decks, along with some of the questions I still have about composite decking materials. Most of my initial questions have been answered by TimberTech reps here and MoistureShield reps here. Onto the trivial facts about composite decks... … [Read more...]

Underdecking For Your Upstairs Patios, Decks, Porches & Balconies

Underdecking is a drainage system that turns the area under a deck or balcony into dry usable space. Regardless of whether we end up going with a composite deck vs a pressure-treated wood deck, we will probably use underdecking on at least 1 or 2 of the 4 overhead decks/porches that we have on our log home. I have only explored 2 underdecking manufacturers at this point: Undercover Systems TimberTech's "DrySpace" In theory, they both offer the same thing. The differences are in the … [Read more...]

How To Cover Scratches On Composite Decks & Patios

One interesting thing I learned from the guy at TimberTech is a trick for covering deep scratches in composite decking. It's going to happen. Over time, scratches are practically inevitable. For the most part, "routine" scratches won't even be noticeable, but the deeper scratches you will probably want to cover up. Some examples of circumstances that might lend themselves to deep scratches: ...if you happen to drag a heavy piece of furniture over the deck (particularly if it has metal … [Read more...]

More About TimberTech’s Composite Decks And Patios

I have met with reps from TimberTech several times now. And they've been wonderful at answering my many questions. I still have a few more... as you can see below. At this point, I'm leaning heavily toward TimberTech as my composite deck company of choice. (Though I have to say... MoistureShield is a very close second.) Specifically, I am most intrigued by the Earthwood line, due to its realistic "wood" colors and the degree to which it looks natural even after weathering. … [Read more...]

MoistureShield vs ChoiceDek vs TimberTech Composite Decks


I have thoroughly studied 2 different composite decking manufacturers at this point: Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT) -- maker of ChoiceDek and MoistureShield composite decking Crane Plastics -- maker of TimberTech composite decking This, as part of my quest to determine whether composite decks make sense or not for our new log home. What follows are the biggest differences between ChoiceDek (also sold as MoistureShield) and Timber Tech. Those are the brands I … [Read more...]

Knowledge Is Power When You’re Building A Log Home

Here's a guide to asking the right people the right questions... This weekend I went to the Nashville Home Decorating & Remodeling Show. No, it's not a log home show, but those are geared more for people who are just beginning to consider building a log home anyway. And we're way beyond that... We're at the actual design and building phase now. So we are more interested in the nitty gritty details that separate one roof company or window company from the other at this point. Okay, so I've gone … [Read more...]

Should We Use Composite Decking? Which Composite Deck Products Are Best?


Our current dilemma: Whether to use composite decking for the porches and decks of our new log home or not. First thought... It's a log home/ Why in the world would we want to use non-log products in our all-log dream home? I know. I certainly feel guilty even thinking about using "fake wood" in our log home. But if I can get a similar look and quality product with less maintenance, then I'm all for it. Second thought... Composite decking uses recycled materials, is longer lasting, … [Read more...]