How to Choose the Right Decking Material

decks materialsWhen it comes to adding visual appeal to your outdoor space, nothing beats outdoor decks. Outdoor decks enhance the overall look of your home and are a top preference of many homeowners when it comes to giving their house a makeover.

There are a plethora of decking materials that you can use such as wood, concrete, and stone. But you need to be careful when picking the material for the deck as the overall quality largely depends on the material chosen.

Here are a few tips on how to choose the right decking material.

Wooden Decks

Wood is a good choice as it’s easy on the eyes and is also very affordable. However, on the downside, it requires a lot of maintenance.

Wood can start to show wear after two or three years, so it needs to be re-sealed and cleaned to maintain its good looks. This will protect the wooden deck from splintering, rotting, and warping, and will also prolong its life. With the right amount of care, wooden decks can easily last 20-25 years.

There are a couple of different types of wood to consider:

  • Pressure Treated Wood: If cost is an issue, you can go for pressure treated woods. They are less expensive and come in a variety of colors. The price of pressure treated woods ranges from $9 to $19 per square foot. This type of wood can last up to 20 years.
  • Cedar and Redwood: Famous for their durability and resistance against bugs and rot, cedar or redwood add beauty to your deck. They can get damaged if proper care is not given as they are softwoods. However, proper maintenance can easily preserve them for 20 years or more. These woods might range anywhere from $5 -$35 per square foot.

Composite Decks

Composite decking is made from a mixture of waste wood fibers and plastic. This blend makes it impervious to rot, wear, and tear. When it comes to the look, composite resembles wood quite a lot, but it’s a little on the expensive side.

You can get composite decking in a variety of patterns and they do not need to be painted. The best thing about composite is that little maintenance is needed. All you need to keep your deck clean is a regular scrubbing.

On the budget side, composite decking will cost you around $35 per square foot.

PVC Decks

Plastic decking materials do not rot, fade or stain. However, they enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor deck to a much lesser degree as compared to composite decking.

There is a variety of PVC decking available, including some that looks like wood. Some manufacturers even offer lifetime warranties on PVC decking.

You can opt for one of the most effective and durable PVC decking called synthetic lumber which is made from vinyl and polystyrene. It resists rot and stains and comes at a price of just $7.50 per square foot.

As stated above, the right option for your decking material depends on a number of factors. We suggest you to get in touch with Le Perv to discuss your needs and wants for your deck so we can help you make the right choice for your home.

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Clarke Ramsey
Landscape Artist. I help landscaping dreams come to live. I create raving fans and give my customers the highest quality product available.
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