How To Choose Decking Material

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Jan 25, 2022

Decking is one of the most popular home improvement projects.  Now that it’s spring and the weather is getting warmer (depending on where you are in the world), many people are looking to build out a brand-new deck.  Nowadays, there are many different materials to choose from, leaving people overwhelmed, confused, and unsure where to start.  But have no fear, Build-Wiz is here!  In this article, we’re going to give you all the necessary information so that you can make informed decisions on what type of materials is best for your decking project.



Wood decking material:

The classic and most commonly used type of decking material.  Wood is strong and easy to install, but it also requires annual cleaning, it can rot, and you should be on the lookout for splinters!  Moreover, it’s recommended to re-stain it every 2 to 4 years, so that the wood doesn’t weather and change into an ugly grayish color.  

  If you’re interested in building out a wood deck, there are many different types of wood that you should be aware of.  



Pressure treated wood – 

This is the least expensive type of decking and has that classic look.  When working with pressure treated wood, make sure to wear gloves, as it’s prone to splinter, and always wear goggles and a mask when cutting it up.  Furthermore, don’t burn it, as there’s toxic chemicals in it to prevent rotting and termites.





Hardwoods – 

This is more expensive but it lasts longer (around 25 years), is more durable, and more resistant to insects and decay.  When we said that hardwoods are durable, we meant it!  Hardwoods are so strong, you can’t hammer a nail into it, but instead need to first drill a hole through.  Hardwoods come in an assortment of colors, which is perfect for those who want just the right color to go with their home.  Please just make sure that you don’t choose a dark color if you plan to walk around in the sun without shoes, as it will absorb more sunlight, and your feet may feel like they’re on fire.

 




Modified Wood  – 

Modified wood uses heat to remove organic cells from wood compounds, making it so it will not absorb water and feed any insects or fungi, and it will not decay.  The wood is lightweight, durable, and will last you around 20 to 25 years.  This wood will be more expensive than pressure treated woods, but it is eco-friendly and there’s very literal maintenance. 





Composite Decking - Trex Material:

Next, we have composite decking material, which is material that’s made to look like real wood, but it’s really made out of plastic and waste wood fibers.  The good news is that these boards won’t splinter, and don’t need to be stained or painted because they are resistant to UV rays.  The bad news is that these materials are more expensive, and must be scrubbed regularly to prevent mildew.  However, if you plan to have your deck for a long time, you will save on the extra maintenance costs of having a wood deck, and may end up spending similarly over the long run.

 





PVC Decking Material:

This is made out of, you guessed it, plastic!  Plastic is more durable than wood and composite decking, and it will generally last a lifetime.  Moreover, there’s no maintenance required, though you may want to clean it every once in a while for aesthetic purposes, and you don’t have to worry about splinters or scorching feet.  The downside is that the individual plastic decking material comes in pieces that need to be fastened together, so you may hear some squeaking when you walk on it. 

 


Please keep in mind that with the pandemic, material prices have increased and are harder to come by in a timely manner.  We hope that we could give you some insight into your future decking project! 

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