Search for decks online, and you’ll find a huge variety of styles, materials, and layouts. The choices you make will affect the return you get on your investment. Read below to understand more about the basics before you build.
What Should I Use to Build My Deck?
Today’s homeowners have many options when choosing materials for a deck. Each comes with a different list of benefits and drawbacks. Which building supply will work best for you?
- Pressure-Treated Wood – This material is easy to find and economical. It can survive for up to 15 years if regularly treated with a water repellent. It may be susceptible to splintering and, if untreated, it can turn grey.
- Cedar or Redwood – This type of timber is resistant to insects and rot and can be used untreated. It offers a lifespan that can exceed 20 years. The downside is that it is expensive to buy. If redwood or cedar sapwood are used, they can break down or rot in moist conditions.
- Composite Material – Consists of a plastic-wood material that is nearly indestructible. It is low-maintenance and resistant to rot, skidding and free of splinters. It can be stained to match your home’s aesthetic. Some varieties have a plastic texture that may not be as attractive as natural wood. The color may fade over time as well. Sawdust will have to be collected during construction because it is not biodegradable.
If you are having trouble making decking decisions, let us know. We can provide recommendations or an estimate for the perfect deck!