A new deck provides the opportunity to expand your living space outdoors. This sought after home extension can be used for summer parties, lounging, and outside dining. But before you start planning and begin the process of building a deck, it is important to do some research. It is necessary to understand all of what goes along with owning a deck, such as which materials to use, maintenance, price range, and extra add-ons, to determine what design will work best for you. The more you investigate, the more ideas you will find to consider.
At one point in time, the only choice available was wood. There were different varieties on the market, but all wood. Nowadays, you have a variety of materials from which to make your final selection. You may select decking material made from natural sources, such as wood, or you have the option to consider a wide range of artificial and composite decking materials that will require less maintenance and extend the life of your deck.
Before you break ground this summer, know your options. Here is a list of the top deck choices.
Pressure Treated Lumber
The leading choice is still wood decking. Pressure treated lumber is affordable and widely available. This popular deck material will provide a stable and aesthetically pleasing addition. However, keep in mind this material is highly susceptible to bending, cracking and splitting. It requires an aggressive maintenance regime and must be weatherproofed.
For the budget-conscience buyer, composite wood is a sensible choice. You won’t get the look and feel of high-priced hardwoods but composite wood will still deliver a nice deck area. This combination of wood fibers, recycled plastic, and composite wood comes in a variety of colors and stains. This product won’t become warped, split or cracked.
By viewing and understanding what decking material options are available, you will have the information you need to plan your dream deck and start building this summer.