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Choosing the Best Material for a Deck - Wood, Aluminum or Composites

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

A deck can add beauty, increased living space and a perfect setting for outdoor gatherings. Adding a new deck to your home could be less costly than adding a room. When adding a deck it is very important that your builders are using the materials that are best for your climate and environment. Many builders opt to use traditional lumber, but many are now incorporating composites and plastics which are becoming more popular than the traditional lumber. Aluminum has also gained some popularity in deck building. However when building your new deck, you need to ask what are the Best material for a deck.

Traditional Lumber Decks for That "Classic" Look

Traditional lumber has been the standard for many centuries. Most of the lumber is pressure treated pine, but more expensive options include cedar, redwood, and tropical hardwoods. Tropical hardwoods and exotic choices of lumber can be very costly. Choosing wood, one must keep in mind that over time your deck will require a great amount of maintenance and upkeep to keep your deck look good.

Composite Decking Material for Durability

Composites are a great choice if your looking for the wood look without the need to stain. Composites fair better and require less maintenance than even pressure treated wood. Wood composites are typically manufactured and uses 50% plastic and 50% organic wood materials such as sawdust or other other recycled wood fibers. Most composites are heavier and more expensive than the usual pine.

Choosing a Plastic Patio or Deck

Plastic material has many advantages over other deck materials. This material is recycled material that can be used over and over again. It will not decay and has the ability to withstand severe weather conditions. There's never a need to replace the deck and there's little or no maintenance needed. The plastic lumber deck will last a lifetime. It may cost a little more, but it's a better value over time.

Considering Aluminum Decks 

Aluminum deck material is known for its toughness, rigidity and slip resistance. Its anodized finish will last a long time. Aluminum decks are excellent at resisting sagging and with powdered coated aluminum you'll never have to replace rotted, cracked or warped planks again. This material saves both time and money without the expense of maintenance and repairs.

Choosing the best material for a deck is a very important and personal decision. There's a wide range of colors, textures, and installations systems available. Making your choice for deck material should depend on your location, environment and overall savings.



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