Over the years, the materials used to build outdoor decks have become more diverse. While variety gives people a lot more options to choose from, it also makes setting on one pick harder. To illustrate, these four common decking materials are unique and viable in their own ways.
Pressure-treated wood is the most versatile and readily available decking material in the U.S. Many contractors enjoy working with it because it’s easy to cut and fasten with nails and screws, although they also warn homeowners that pressure-treated wood requires refinishing almost every year to maintain its luster.
On the other hand, those who want highly durable and rot-resistant decks must consider imported hardwoods like massaranduba, tigerwood, and ipe. However, these exotic materials are also relatively more expensive and harder to work with. An alternative would be composite materials which are amalgams of wood and another material, commonly something that is plastic based. Composites are much cheaper, and although they are also susceptible to molds and decay, they are reasonably tough and durable.
New to the scene is PVC or Polyvinyl chloride, which is the same material used in home siding. Virtually maintenance-free, PVC decks are popular among do-it-yourselfers and those with a tighter budget.