If you’ve decided to install a deck, you’ve already taken the first step toward owning your own comfortable outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining. As you may know, you have many different options when it comes to creating the perfect deck for your home and lifestyle. An important choice you will have to make is deciding what material you would like to use for your deck. Read on for an overview of three popular deck materials and what we think is great about each one.
If you want your deck to blend in seamlessly with the natural setting of your backyard, cedar is likely to be your best option. Cedar’s natural beauty makes it a popular deck material, but its benefits go beyond aesthetics. The natural oils in cedar wood protect it from insect infestations, moisture damage, and even damage from UV exposure so that it doesn’t need to be treated with chemicals like other woods do. The natural beauty of a cedar deck will last years and years with very little maintenance on your part.
Most composite decks are made from recycled wood and plastic, so if being eco-friendly is important to you, a composite deck may be a excellent option. Unlike wood, a composite deck will not rot, warp, or split over time and it is resistant to stains. This deck material is extremely durable and requires very little maintenance. A composite deck will maintain its beauty without ever needing to be stained, sanded, or refinished.
Similar to a composite deck, PVC decks also require very little maintenance to keep them looking beautiful year after year, so if you have a busy lifestyle, a PVC deck may be the way go. They are resistant to moisture damage, stains, and rot and can be easily cleaned with water, simple household cleaners, and cloth. The unique benefit to choosing this deck material is that PVC decking comes in a wide array of colors so you can design your deck to blend in perfectly with your home and yard.
Remember, you have many options when it comes to creating the perfect deck. A John’s Lumber expert can help guide you through the process and make sure that the deck you install is made with the material and design that is right for you.