If you plan on decking your home, whether creating a new one or replacing an old one, the first thing you’ll have to think about is the material your deck will be made of. There are two main choices of decking materials, namely plastic and wood.
In choosing the materials for your decking project, consider first the location of the deck – will it be under the sun or in the shade for the majority of the day? Your answer to this question will determine the material that will offer the best comfort, especially during the hottest days of the year.
Plastic decks are a hundred percent stain-resistant and you can be confident that it won’t crack, splinter, or warp due to weight. Moreover, plastics don’t require any finishing. However, under the sweltering heat of the sun, plastic decks are almost a torture to walk on, and is more expensive than wooden decks.
Decks made of wood, meanwhile, are more heat-tolerant, therefore you don’t need to worry about burning your toe while lounging on your deck. Tropical wood, such as cedar, teak, and pine are the usual wood materials used for decking, and the darker the wood, the better it is able to hold in heat.
Both decking materials, however, need yearly maintenance: plastics need a regular application of finish, ideally once or twice a year, while wood needs to be treated for rot and warping.