Choosing the right decking material for your deck build is very difficult. It can either make or break the construction of your project.
The right choice of material is very important because it should fit not only your needs and preference but also your lifestyle.
Before embarking on building your dream deck, let us explore and discuss the major decking materials available to you today,
Popular decking materials.
Pressure-Treated Lumber – this kind of decking material is not only durable, affordable, available coast-to-coast but is also easy to stain with your choice of color. That is basically the pros of PT decking materials. The cons for this kind of material are that it is quite dimensionally unstable. The deck made from this material when exposed to the elements tends to shrink, swell, warp, crack, cup, split, and crack. It also requires more maintenance. This kind of material is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist wood-boring bugs, fungus, and rotting.
Composites – this is the fastest-growing decking material sold today. Together with its closely related material, the PVC, they are the choice of those who want to build their decks. This material is a mixture of recycled plastic and wood dust that’s molded into long, dense boards. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) decking, also called synthetic decking, is made of 100 percent plastic; there are no wood binders.
Natural hardwoods – redwoods, cedar, and tropical hardwoods are the all-time favorite decking materials available today. The beautiful natural wood is “priceless” and hands down very attractive and lovable. You can never go wrong with a deck built using wood and lumber.
I hope you have picked up a thing or two about decking materials in this article. The choice is yours and should always conform to your needs, budget, and preference.