Selecting The Best Material For Your Project

Spring is here! The season of rejuvenation, flowers, cleaning and new projects. If you are about to start a new project but can't decided what material to use you're not alone. The majority of our customers have the main concept of what they want but aren't sure what material they should use. So DCL is here to give you a quick run down of the materials we use the most often. 

Pine is commonly used and can be found in most home improvement centers. Its affordable and easy to work with. Just make sure its pressure treated if you plan on using it outside. It can be painted to give you any desired look at an affordable price.

 Pressure Treated Pine Planters Painted

Pressure Treated Pine Planters Painted

Cedar is a naturally resistant wood for rot and insects and is commonly used outside. We have built some beautiful planters and fences with cedar. This is a more expensive option then pressure treated pine but has a nice high end finish and is easy to work with. 

 Clear Cedar Wood use for Fence, Planters and Benches

Clear Cedar Wood use for Fence, Planters and Benches

Ipe or Brazilian hardwood is a fire rated wood given a Class A fire rating  (under the UBC-uniform building code), the same rating given to concrete & steel. It is a great option for constructing your outdoor kitchen and deck. It is extremely durable and reliable. Landmarks all over the county use IPE, specifically the Brooklyn Bridge walkway. Note this wood is more difficult to work with because of its durability. It requires pre drilling to avoid splitting in the wood which can be time consuming. This is also one of the more expensive material options to use for your outdoor project.

 IPE Outdoor Kitchen

IPE Outdoor Kitchen

Mahogany is a great wood for outdoor decks or fences.  It has a tight grain, does not splinter easily, and is free of knots. This wood is less expensive option then IPE, but has a similar color and look. Its important to note that Mahogany is not fire rated and as durable as IPE. 

 Mahogany Pergola, Bench and Lattice. 

Mahogany Pergola, Bench and Lattice. 

No matter which wood you choose if untreated and exposed to direct sunlight the wood will fade. Wood loses their rich color and turns grey if not oiled annually. Vertical surfaces may get away with maintenance every other year but this is completely dependent on sun exposure.

So take your time when selecting the material you want to use in your next outdoor project. Each wood has unique qualities, different price points, and ease of use. 

 

For the kids, for the families

 Photos from THON 2016. Lower left photo from left to right Ashley Pimentel, Jennifer Lisojo and Sabrina Feinman. 

Photos from THON 2016. Lower left photo from left to right Ashley Pimentel, Jennifer Lisojo and Sabrina Feinman. 

DCL Outdoor Contracting helped support two college students by contributing money for pediatric cancer.  Sabrina Feinman and Ashley Pimentel contributed numerous hours raising money and awareness.  They were able to raise $5,800 for this cause.  For 46 hours straight these girls and other Penn State students celebrated what they had raised throughout the year. The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionally known as THON had students celebrate their achievements by not sleeping or sitting, they dance with their peers to support kids with cancer and their families.  Jennifer Lisojo, the office manager of DCL Outdoor Contracting had the pleasure of meeting these young ambitious students at THON held at the Penn State Bryce Jordan Center and was touch and overwhelmed with the families whom shared their stories and experience.  DCL Outdoor Contracting is proud and honored to have been a part of this extraordinary cause.  

WHY YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE IN THE WINTER

It’s that time of year where spending time outside may not be your number one priority. As temperatures begin to drop and the holiday season quickly approaches, the last thing on your mind is your outdoor space. There are many reasons you may consider constructing the outdoor space of your dreams in the winter. 

1.    Your favorite contractor is available: Winter is the slow season for most outdoor contractors. If you have been trying to work with someone all year and not able to get on their calendar now is the time they should have some availability. As long as there isn't a foot of snow on the ground most outdoor contractors will still be working.  

2.    Prices are better: As a business owner I will let you in on a little secret. Our prices are better in the winter. As demand goes down prices are adjusted and most contractors will give you a better deal in the winter. This means that the outdoor space you were dreaming about may now be within your reach. 

3.    Construction does not interfere with using the space: Ideally as the temperature goes up most individuals want to use their outdoor space. By getting construction done in the winter you avoid having to wait to enjoy it. In the spring while everyone is racing to get a contractor into their home, yours will be finished. You will also have the comfort of knowing that you got the best price. 

If any of these reasons compel you, it might be in your best interest to contact a contractor today. If you live in the New York City area Dion City Landscapes, Inc. would be happy to give you a free quote. Just visit our website www.dioncitylandscapes.com or call our office today 646-761-3031.