Choosing the Right Decking Material

Deciding to build or replace a deck brings with it a few decisions that need to be made.  First, you will want to look at the variety of decking materials available.  From various woods, to PVC and composite materials, selecting your material will come down to preference, budget, and maintenance requirements.

Speaking with a decking contractor may make the most sense.  A decking contractor can offer price quotes on a range of materials that you may consider using.  From cedar wood to bamboo, there are a number of popular outdoor wood materials to choose from that will have prices that vary.

Consider your overall maintenance plans for the deck. Wood may need to be restained and sealed yearly, while synthetic materials may only need to be power washed from time to time to keep them looking like new. All materials, however, can warp with age, and some materials may feel warmer to the touch on hot summer days than others.

The overall design of the material should also be taken into account. Most materials are available in a wide range of hues, but the opportunity for shapes and sizes in synthetic materials may be slightly limited in comparison to what you may accomplish with natural wood.

These are all factors to keep in mind as you try to decide whether to install a natural wood deck or a synthetic deck on your property.


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