How to Choose a Deck Material
Thinking about renovating or building a new deck this Spring? One decision you’ll have to make early on is what material to build with. There are several different options that work for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. Here’s what you can choose from:
Pressure treated wood. This is the most common material when it comes to decking. It’s inexpensive and can last up to 15 years. On the downside, wood is prone to splintering, rotting, and warping. The color can also fade overtime and will need to be re-stained. It needs to be regularly maintained to ensure it’s in good shape and looking its best.
Redwood and Cedar. These two types of wood are great options for decking because they are naturally insect and rot resistant. They have a longer lifespan than standard deck wood, about 20 years, but are also prone to fading in the sun. Special attention should be paid to areas of the deck with high foot traffic since the wood is soft and can be easily damaged.
Composite. This blend of plastic and wood fiber is growing in popularity. Unlike wood, the boards don’t need to be painted or stained, and they don’t splinter. Composite decking is heavier than traditional wood decking, and comes with a higher price tag. It’s relatively low maintenance, but does require occasional scrubbing to prevent mildew build up.
Plastic. Plastic decking is popular because it’s almost entirely maintenance free. It doesn’t have the problems traditional wood has, like splintering and warping, and it doesn’t have to be re-stained. Even though plastic decking is made to look like wood, plastic doesn’t have the same authentic look, sound, and feel as real wood. If you’re someone who enjoys a classic wood deck, this isn’t the material for you.
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