Whether your home features a coastal view, a mountain view or anywhere in between selecting a decking material to stand the test of time requires more thought than just a guessing game.  Your building consultant can offer many answers to your questions about the types of decking materials available.  The area you build your home may play a role in the type of decking material you choose so let’s consider a few of the popular options.

Traditional Wood Decking

Wood Decking has been a popular option for many years.  A few things to consider when installing a wood deck is understanding the maintenance that comes along with it.  The lifetime of the deck is going to depend heavily on how well the deck is maintained.  With most wood decks it is recommended that a stain and sealer is applied every so often to protect the wood and give a finished look.  Wood decks are also more susceptible to termites, splintering and general wear depending on the use of the decked area.  Wood can be used in recycled projects so if the deck is ever removed it could be repurposed.  Reclaimed wood has become a popular trend within the home building industry, so another option for decking could include using reclaimed wood within your deck project.  While reclaimed wood is generally more expensive, it offers a nice addition to any home.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking materials have become a popular choice within the building industry over the past decade.  The cost for composite decking has come down and as a result has become more of an affordable option for decking materials.  There are several types of composite decking, and while there is polymer, fiberglass or pvc type composites available, understanding your options, lifetime of the product and appearance are important factors to consider.  Discussing your decking options with your building consultant will provide many answers to your questions and allow you the opportunity to explore color possibilities, warranties available and styles that will best suit the needs for your home construction.

Composite decking offers the look of wood without the effects that weather and time can have on the wood itself.  Composite decking is typically coated to keep water from penetrating the material, and of course keeps insects like termites or carpenter bees from invading the product.

A common question is whether or not the deck will be slippery – and the best answer to this is most decks can become slippery, regardless of being wood or composite.  Water, algae and other additions to any outdoor product can create a slippery environment.  While there are different materials that are used in the manufacturing of decking materials, some may be more slippery than others – so do your research.

Whether you choose a traditional wood deck or a composite material deck, proper installation and maintenance are the keys to the overall lifetime of the product.  Following a few simple steps can keep your deck looking beautiful for years.

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