If you’re interested in installing a new deck on your home, there are multiple material options to choose from. Each decking material comes with its own set of benefits and maintenance requirements. Let’s discuss the different types of decking materials available.
One of the most common decking materials is wood. Depending on the type of wood you use, durability may vary. Another thing to consider is the upkeep. Wood requires more maintenance than other decking materials, but the takeaway is that it is often more beautiful and natural-looking than other decking materials. There are multiple types of wood decking including:
- Pressure-treated lumber
- And more
PVC is an alternative to wood decking that is made of 100% plastic. It is much easier to maintain and available in a variety of colors to match your home. However, a problem that homeowners run into with PVC is that it increases your carbon footprint and doesn’t look as natural as wood decking.
Beautiful wood or low-maintenance PVC decking? The choice seems difficult, but you can have the best of both worlds with composite decking. Composite decking is a blend of wood and plastic materials that achieves a natural look with durability, low maintenance, and scratch resistance. Since this type of decking is a blend of recycled materials, it will also be a smaller carbon footprint than other decking options. Lastly, you can choose from a wide variety of colors and woodgrain textures.