A quality deck brings much to mind. A homeowner can dream about the possibilities for multiple levels, deck boards and footings, and joists or stairs. Moreover, there are design ideas including a pool or garden alongside the deck, railings, furnishings, fire mantels, decorative swings, post caps, furniture, and more. Deck building has many facets. However, one must start from the ground up-beginning with the material used in construction. There is a wide world of colors and materials available for your deck construction.
For the ease of the installation, some people prefer using deck boards to wood logs, which can be costly to harvest and shape. Many do not realize how many beautiful planks of wood already exist in board form!
Cedar continues its reign as the most popular choice for homeowners. The price is a bit on the higher side, but the appearance and longevity are often worth the cost. Western and Alaskan Cedar bring the rich red or yellow color to life. The beauty is jaw-dropping. Create a perfect outdoor retreat today!
Pressure treated pine is the most popular form of this wood for deck building. Pine has a reputation for strength. However, it simultaneously has a reputation for susceptibility to warping. Refinishing this board is one way to keep it looking new and fresh.
There is a wide variety of decking wood materials, especially in the exotic category. Generally, these woods are not stocked but requested by the supplier. They are then sourced from various vendors across the world. This is why charges vary accordingly. Examples include IPE, Mahogany, Meranti, Purple Heart, etc.
The color tones of redwood and its strength are what make it a desirable choice. It is also why the cost is so high. With a lesser need of maintenance, finishing, cleaning, and resistance to moisture and pests (if one compares Redwood with Cedar or Pine), the cost is justifiable, as many would tell you. Deck construction using Redwood eases the maintenance, allowing you to work less and enjoy your deck more.
Plastic, Metal and Composite
While not as popular as wood, plastic and metal have specific uses. Plastic in the form of PVC is used for places needing easy installations, water resistance (and colors), and metal for an industrial perspective. Also of note are composite materials. Composite has yet to win over those who love a “wood” deck but can be used widely these days for a variety of purposes. Composite has the advantage of supreme longevity as well as being generally low maintenance.