Helping a homeowner plan and design a new deck means considering the best decking materials to use for the project. Clients will likely want to know all about the best options around. You can recommend any of the following.
Redwood or Cedar
Redwood or cedar decks are not only visually appealing but also naturally resistant to cracking, warping, and pests. Despite the cost, many homeowners are drawn to the beauty and durability of these materials.
Those who prefer a wooden deck that costs less than redwood or cedar will likely go for pressure-treated or “PT” lumber, which is known to be sturdy. With proper maintenance, PT lumber can be spared from warping and cracking.
The cheaper alternative to expensive hardwoods, composite wood is primarily composed of wood fibers and recycled plastic, and comes in a wide range of stains and colors. Another great thing about decks made of composite wood is that it does not split, warp, or crack easily.
Considered the rarest option among decking materials, aluminum is perhaps the strongest and most long-lasting material that comes with the highest price tag. That being said, aluminum decking is a viable option for homeowners who prefer a durable and waterproof deck.