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What are the best materials for a new deck?

The snow has finally melted. You can’t wait to get outside and fire up the grill. But when you do, you notice: The past few winters and summers haven’t been kind to your deck. It’s time to replace it.

Cedar wood, pressure-treated wood and composite materials can be used to build a beautiful deck. For a more durable deck, investigate the composite materials that are newer to the market. Their appearance is similar to wood, but they don’t rot, shrink, or splinter like real wood. They also don’t need to be stained or sealed yearly.

If you like the look and feel of natural wood, those options are still available, and still viable. Pressure-treated wood can last 30 years or more if maintained properly. Experts recommend that this deck be sealed with a lumber preservative every year.

Cedar wood requires just a clear wood sealer for proper maintenance. Cedar can last up to 20 years and provide a beautiful decking surface.

For more information, see the recommendations from our AmeriSpec inspectors in our Resource Center. Check out our other home maintenance and home inspection articles as well.




Chris Pelster earns ASHI certification

Chris Pelster AmeriSpec inspector Chris Pelster has passed his exam to become a fully certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

“Chris started with AmeriSpec in January 2012 with little to no knowledge of the home inspection industry,” said Tom Sutko, AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln owner. “He now is the newest member of our team to become ASHI certified.”

Congratulations to Chris on a job well done!

AmeriSpec Omaha honored at convention

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln received two top honors at AmeriSpec’s annual convention in February.

The awards were presented by Tom Coba, AmeriSpec president and chief operating officer, and Gale Colvin, director of training for AmeriSpec. Owner Tom Sutko and his wife, Melanie, accepted the awards along Omaha team members  June Eads, director of marketing, and Kevin Wiley, assistant general manager.

The Omaha/Lincoln office was once again named to the President’s Cabinet, reserved for the top three franchises overall. Our office produced the most revenue for AmeriSpec in 2013.

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln, winner of the 2014 President's Cabinet Award

From left: Gale Colvin, June Eads, Melanie Sutko, Tom Sutko, Kevin Wiley and Tom Coba.

We also received the Platinum Circle Award, given to franchises earning more than $1 million in revenue.

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln won the 2014 Platinum Circle Award.

From left: Gale Colvin, Melanie Sutko, Tom Sutko, June Eads, Kevin Wiley and Tom Coba.

 We thank all of the brokers, home buyers and sellers, and other partners who have helped make our office a success in 2013.

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