Top Deck Materials to Choose for Your Outdoor Living Space

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Choosing the right deck materials for your new deck might seem daunting. Let us break down our choose of deck materials so you can see the pros and cons of each type. Want to learn more about our decking products? Sign up for an in-home estimate or visit our North Wales showroom. 

Wood Decks

Wood decking consists of natural wood like cedar, redwood, or pressure-treated lumber. It’s a classic, traditional choice for outdoor decking material due to its natural look and warm, inviting feel.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing: wood decking creates a traditional, natural, warm look that many people find appealing. Wood decking material may be stained or painted to match the style of any home.
  • Cost: typically, wood decking materials are less expensive than composite decking or other decking materials.
  • Availability: wood decking materials are widely available at most home improvement stores.

Cons

  • Maintenance: wood decking materials require regular maintenance, including staining and sealing.
  • Durability: Over time, wood is often susceptible to rot, insects, and weathering. These conditions, as well as improper maintenance, can significantly shorten the lifespan of a wood deck.

Composite Decks

Composite means different materials combined to make something new. Composite Decking material is made from wood fibers, plastic, and binding agents to create a more durable, lighter deck than traditional wooden decking.

Pros

  • Durability: composite decking is resistant to moisture, insects, and rot.
  • Low maintenance: minimal maintenance required. Composite decking can be cleaned with soap and water. It does not require staining or sealing.
  • Aesthetically pleasing: available in various colors, finishes, and textures. Composite decking can be modern and sleek or mimic the more traditional look of a natural wood deck.
  • Cost-effective: initially, composite decking may be more expensive than traditional wood decking materials; however, due to durability and low maintenance, in the long-run composite decking is less expensive.

Cons

  • Heat retention: when exposed to direct sunlight, some composite materials may become extremely hot, making walking barefoot or touching railings with hands uncomfortable.
  • Slippery: some composite decking materials may become slippery when wet creating a safety hazard when it rains or around swimming pools.

Vinyl Decks

Vinyl deck materials are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. Vinyl decking boards are made from layers of PVC with reinforcement fibers. The top layer of the vinyl boards has a unique color, pattern, and texture.

Pros

  • Durability: vinyl decking materials resist moisture, insects, and weathering.
  • Low maintenance: vinyl decking does not require staining, sealing, or painting. It can be cleaned with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.
  • Style Options: vinyl decking boards are available in a wide variety of colors and textures.

Cons

  • Cost: Initially, vinyl deck materials may be more expensive than traditional wood. However, lower maintenance costs over time may offset higher up-front costs.
  • Installation: The material is not biodegradable; therefore, vinyl decking installation involves special requirements for removing sawdust and shavings.

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