Natural Wood VS. Composite Decks

Natural woodIf you are like us, then you love enjoying the summer weather grilling and having some cocktails on the back deck. But the only problem is you are at your friends house because you don’t have a deck yet. You begin to realize how much time you would spend on a deck if you had one and all of a sudden you find yourself asking the number one most asked question when building a deck. What materials should I use wood or composite?

The first thing to know when choosing your deck materials is that all decks use teated lumber for the framing. The framing is the structural part of your deck that you wouldn’t see unless you were under the deck. So when deciding which material to choose it usually involves only the materials that would make up the decking surface, railings, and if you have stairs.

Two Main Categories
You have two main categories when choosing your deck material: natural wood or man-made composite – of course there are lots of options within each of these categories. The most popular products if you choose natural wood are treated lumber and cedar and the most popular products if you choose man-made are composites, PVC and vinyl from manufactures like Timber Tech and Azek.

DeckWhat’s Popular
The majority of decks built today are made of wood. The main reason why people are choosing wood materials is for the initial cost savings. Which can be really nice up front but they require a lot more work. The main reason people choose composite or man-made deck materials is for the low maintenance required.

The Final Question
So what deck material should you choose? There are numerous factors to evaluate before making your final decision. So to help you make your decision ask yourself: How will the deck be used? Is it in a shaded area or in direct sun light? How long do you plan to stay in your home? Do you have the money to hire someone to do the deck maintenance or will you be doing it yourself? Who will be building your deck? As you can see the questions are endless, but if you can answer these few questions then you should have a basic idea of what type of deck material you should use when building your deck.

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