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Materials to Consider when Choosing a Deck

Few things are more relaxing than sitting on your own deck, watching the sun set after a long day’s work and it is no surprise why their popularity is increasing by the day. Decks are a simple way to increase the square footage of your home and serve as great places to entertain guests or spend time with your family. Choosing the right deck starts with selecting materials based on your budget, the topography of the land where you want to place the deck and the size you’d like. These materials vary by cost, appearance and durability. The following options serve as a great starting point for your research and we have qualified deck installers on Pro Service Finder who are able to further assist.

Hardwood Imports

Tigerwood and cumaru aren’t fancy fantasy football nicknames- although they could be- they are actually names of exotic hardwood materials for decking. Red tauri and massaranduba join the list of common hardwoods used for decking as does the Philippine mahogany. They are preferred for their density, durability and appearance. Hardwoods are naturally resistant to insect infestation and decay, making their extremely high cost worth it in the long run. Before you break open your wallet, consider that the density of hardwoods makes drilling difficult, which helps with wear and tear, but makes initial assembly difficult. Your deck builder will need to first bore a pilot hole before driving or screwing nails.
Wooden deck

Pressure-Treated (PT) Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is the most common decking solution that homeowners choose across the United States mainly due to its availability and affordability. PT Lumber consists usually of yellow pine wood that is treated to insulate the wood from insect attacks and wood rot. By far one of the most inexpensive options, a PT lumber deck is prone to cracking, warping or splitting and requires regular maintenance by a qualified deck professional to keep it in good condition. You will also need to re-apply a preservative chemical on the deck every few years.
Vinyl deck

Redwoods and Cedars

Softwoods like redwoods and cedars have a cult-like following among decking enthusiasts, who prefer it for its natural beauty and resistance to insect infestations and rot due to its naturally occurring tannins. Redwoods and cedars come in grades, with more durable varieties consisting of the tree’s heartwood, which is found towards the center of the tree. Boards that are made from sapwood, which forms the outermost parts of the tree, are more easily affected by infestations and rot.
Composite wood deck

Composites and Plastics

Composite decks as the name suggests, consist of various materials that have been chemically combined such as recycled plastic and wood fibers or plastic like polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride. They are greatly resistant to wear and tear and weather effects. They also are resistant to food and beverage stains and other spills. Their wide availability and ease of manufacturing makes them one of the most affordable decking options. Despite being very low-maintenance, a composite or plastic deck can suffer growth of mildew if it’s in a shaded area that doesn’t receive enough sunlight.
Real wood deck

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