Composite vs Treated Wood Deck
LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got Ed in West Virginia. You’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you?
ED: Yes. I’m thinking about building a – I guess it would be called a porch, since it’s going to be like a deck with a porch – with a roof over it and a patio beneath.
ED: And I was wondering whether I should use composite material or just treated wood. Since it’s going to be covered, I figured the treated wood may be the best way to go.
TOM: Well, the treated wood will last a long time and because it’s not going to be exposed to the sunlight, it also will be less likely to crack and check.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And also less likely to need to be refinished as often as one that were baking in the sun.
ED: Right. OK. So the treated would be just as good?
TOM: It would be fine. It’s going to be less expensive and you are going to need to refinish it from time to time but because it’s under a roof, it’s not going to be exposed to the UV radiation and therefore, it’s not going to crack and check and it’ll look good for a long time.
ED: I see. OK. Well, good.
TOM: And you’ll save some money.
ED: OK. That’s what it’s all about.
TOM: Ed, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.