SOURCE: Dekstone

February 26, 2007 17:59 ET

Homeowners Get Decked Out for Spring

Precast Concrete Dekstone Answers the Call for Low-Maintenance, Long-Lasting Decks

GARDENA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- With spring just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about readying outdoor spaces for seasonal living and entertaining. Instead of struggling through the same old spring cleaning chores, for many homeowners, this is the year they take it big-time -- replacing an old worn deck, or adding a new one.

A unique new precast concrete decking product is impressing homeowners and contractors alike with its sophisticated look, easy installation and lack of significant upkeep or maintenance requirements. Introduced in 2006, Dekstone offers many sustainable and aesthetic benefits not available from wood-like, petroleum-based composites and other decking alternatives.

Colorado resident Bobbi Jones decided to replace her deck with a more contemporary, durable material. For the Jones family, choosing Dekstone eliminated the much-dreaded toil and drudgery of sanding and staining.

"Colorado weather is torture on wooden decks and we just got tired of refinishing it every couple of summers," says Jones. "Now all we do is sweep it off and hose it down, just like you would a concrete walkway."

Precast concrete products like Dekstone work particularly well in high rain, seaside or fire prone environments because they are more impervious to dry rot, termites and mold, as well as being non-combustible.

But at the end of the day, it comes down to a lifestyle choice, says Patty Muldoon, vice president of Gardena-based Stepstone Inc., manufacturer of Dekstone. "This spring, instead of scrubbing and sanding and staining, our clients will be having martinis with friends on their gorgeous Dekstone decks, and that's one 'spring tradition' they'll look forward to every year."

More than 3 million new decks are added each year to America's homes, and another 2.7 million are replaced annually, according to 2005 data from the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA). And this spring, U.S. home dwellers in record numbers are spending huge dollars -- $40 billion according to industry estimates -- maximizing and improving their outdoor spaces.

Dekstone is a product of Gardena-based Stepstone, Inc., a California supplier of high-quality precast concrete products since 1963. Dekstone is available nationwide. For more information visit www.dekstone.com or call (800) 572-9029.

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