Thinking of building a deck, but you’re confused by the variety of decking materials available to you? Here’s a quick guide to understanding decking materials that’ll help you choose.
- Standard for structural elements in decks of all sorts.
- A hardy option for boards and railings.
- Be careful not to install it where it can come into direct contact with food or drinking water.
- New installations require an entire summer in the sun to air out before you can seal or finish them.Alt=
Natural Wood. Natural wood choices include cedar, redwood, and ipe, a beautiful and resilient exotic hardwood.
- Natural beauty.
- Requires periodic finishing and sealing to retain its beauty and fend off rot.
- Natural wood requires the most ongoing maintenance.
Composite. Composites are easy-care blends of wood and recycled plastic, available in a range of colors and styles that imitate favorite wood varieties and grains.
- Dimensionally stable -- will stand up to the elements for years.
- Requires periodic cleaning to prevent the formation of mildew that can be attracted by the wood that’s in the mix.
- Decking boards are not as stiff as conventional lumber and therefore can look wavy.