When choosing a deck it is a good idea to factor in a few things like, type of materials, maintenance costs, and the longevity of the materials before you purchase your decking or have a deck installed.
If you are planning on building a new deck or refinishing an existing deck you will need to decide on what materials you will use. Today a variety of materials are available from synthetics to a variety of woods.
Types of Materials for Decks
Cedar for Decking
Cedar has a natural beauty that is unmatched. Cedar has been a decking favorite for years and is affordable. As far as maintenance goes, cedar decking needs to be stained yearly. This will add to the cost of the deck over the years. Cedar with regular maintenance with last for 15 – 20 years.
Redwood for Decking
Redwood is very expensive and usually only available on the west Coast. Redwood is strong and light-weight. Redwood with regular maintenance with last for 15 – 20 years.
Pressure-Treated Wood for Decking
Pressure-treated wood is great for decking. Pressure – treated decking is low cost and materials are easy to work with. Pressure – treated lumber can last for decades if properly maintained. Pressure-treated wood should be sealed every (2) years.
Composite for Decking
Composites are made from wood fiber combined with recycled polyethylene. Composite decking is low-maintenance and very attractive. Composite decking comes in a variety of colors and textures that look like real wood. Low-maintenance composite decking just needs to be washed off with a hose to continue to look good.
Vinyl for Decking
Vinyl (PVC) decking is rapidly gaining favor as a decking material. Vinyl decking is a low-maintenance option. Vinyl decking is also available in a variety of colors to match fencing or compliment siding colors. Vinyl decking will not rot, warp, or discolor like wood decking.
Decking Maintenance Costs
Different decking materials will have different cost for maintenance and time required to do the maintenance. Wood decking will always need to be sealed every couple of years. Wood decking will also need to be washed, sanded, and resealed to keep it looking good.
Synthetic materials like vinyl or composite decking will require a lot less maintenance and will be cheaper in the long run to maintain.
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