How Can You Choose The Right Type of Material For Your Deck

If you intend to construct a deck this summer, then you may have seen that selecting a decking material is now much more challenging than it formerly was. Prior to a few years back, wood, which came in two or three species was the sole option.

Today, a variety of decking materials are offered, including plastic decking, imported hardwoods, and composite lumber.

While using the wooden deck, you may need to use a certain cedar wood plug to cover wood screws. You can get them from Fair Wind Fasteners, who can offer you the best quality of wood plugs.

Let us explore a few decking material options in this short article.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood has always been the choice as decking material and this material offers a very good aesthetics too. The pros and cons of hardwood are as follows:

Pros:

  • Offers a luxury look if you use a premium quality
  • They are quite hard enough to withstand hail, heels, and claws
  • They are immune to rots and insects
  • They don’t contract or shrink as much with any temperature fluctuations
  • No toxic smoke will produce if there is a fire

Cons:

  • Price is quite high
  • Need to select carefully for defect-free wood
  • Resist saw blades and drill bits during installation.
  • Denser and darker woods may become hotter in the sun
  • Needs a lot of care and maintenance.

PRESSURE-TREATED LUMBER

The next choice is pressure-treated lumber chemically treated to offer resistance to fungus, rot, and wood-boring bugs.

Pros:

  1. Much affordable as compared to hardwood
  2. Relatively durable
  3. Can be stained to any color that you prefer
  4. Readily available coast-to-coast

Cons:

  1. Dimensionally it may not be stable enough
  2. Tends to shrink, crack, swell, cup, split, or warp.
  3. Also needs more maintenance

REDWOOD AND CEDAR

Both these decking materials can be naturally-resistant to decay, rot, and voracious insects.

Pros:

  1. Offers rich color and natural beauty,
  2. Less expensive comparatively on the Western coast

Cons:

  1. Can be expensive
  2. Both need periodic maintenance
  3. Additional expense of semitransparent stain coating to prevent from losing shine in the longer run

COMPOSITES

The fastest-growing material for decking available today is composite decking and also its close relative, PVC decking. Composite decking is constructed of long, dense boards that are molded from a blend of wood dust and recycled plastic.

Pros:

  1. Virtually maintenance-free
  2. Weather-resistant
  3. Easier to clean
  4. Will not splinter, rot, warp, or cup
  5. No need of sanding
  6. Mimics natural wood

Cons:

  1. Can be expensive comparatively
  2. Smaller resale return
  3. Unnatural in feel and appearance
  4. Heavier comparatively
  5. Hard to move
  6. Needs special type of fasteners

ALUMINUM

Aluminum is also an option that is coming out as decking material these days:

Pros:

  1. Never rust, rot, crack, rust, warp, or splinter
  2. Never will catch fire
  3. Much stronger material out of all other options
  4. Mold and slip resistant
  5. Never will peel or blister

Cons:

  1. Very expensive material
  2. May get hot under the sun