Decks add visual appeal to your yard and create the best space for family grilling. However, they need to be made from the right materials to ensure they last for a long time and serve their purpose. But, what is the best decking material to use? Whether you choose composite PVC, or wood, there are variables you need to consider such as texture, color, price, and installation. Keep reading to know your decking options out there and decide the one that suits you:
These decks are made from a mix of waste wood fibers and plastic that makes them resistant to wear and rot. They most resemble wood. They are available in a variety of colors and don’t need to be painted or stained. Although composite decks are generally more expensive than wood, they require little maintenance which involves just gentle scrubbing using deck cleaners and pressure washing to ensure mildew doesn’t develop. Fiberon decking that uses composites is designed to provide you with the best outdoor space.
Although wood is natural and strong, it requires regular maintenance. Wood decks need to be cleaned every year as well as treated and re-sealed every 2-3 years. But, despite regular maintenance, wood decks can still rot, splinter, and warp. To build wood decks, your wood options include:
- Pressure treated wood. This decking option is the least expensive; however, it has to be installed with care because of the corrosiveness and toxicity of the chemicals the wood is treated with. Pressure treated wood can be stained and painted using any color of your choice.
- Cedar and redwood. Their overall resistance to bugs and rot and beauty make a popular decking option. These woods are soft which can get damaged easily, but they can last two decades when maintained properly.
- IPE hardwood. This wood is quite resistant to wear, splintering, rot, fire, and bugs. But, it is quite expensive and expected to last at least 25 years.
If the maintenance that comes with wood decks does not bother you, you may be able to save money on the front end. However, keep in mind that you have to spend a bit of money every two years for washing, staining, and scrubbing the deck to maintain its look.
PVC decking is recyclable and will not stain, rot, or fade. When compared to composite decks, PVC decks are less expensive.