Los Angeles experts recommend best materials for outdoor space

Los Angeles experts recommend best materials for outdoor space

When it comes to building a deck or installing outdoor walkways, there are many materials from which to choose. Two highly rated Los Angeles-area service providers tell what’s tops when it comes to creating a long-lasting outdoor space.

John Arndt, owner of highly rated Coastal Construction in Seal Beach, Calif. says when choosing hardwood material for an outdoor deck, Ipe is the very best.

“It’s completely durable,” Arndt says. “It’s completely durable. The nickname for that stuff is ‘ironwood.’”

Arndt says Ipe repels insects and does not rot. The natural mahogany-colored wood doesn’t require staining, although over time it will gray. Expect Ipe to last 25 years or more.

“That stuff, it really is the best wood out there,” Arndt says.

Arndt says the only negative is the cost. He estimates you’ll pay about $12 per square-foot.

Steven Brombert, owner, Regal Deck and Stair, says when it comes to protecting exterior walkways and staircases, he recommends a fiberglass process called an elastomeric system.

“When you’re all finished, you don’t have any situations as far as leakage is concerned,” he says. “It becomes water tight.”

The five-step process can last up to 20 years and costs about $7 to $10 per square foot, Brombert says.


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