Summer time is coming, and if you don’t have a deck in your backyard probably you’ll be jealous of your neighbor.
If you think about having a deck in the future, one of the most important aspects for the long term durability is the type of material you’ll use for the floor. We’re living in a time of abundant choice – even a water in the restaurant is never only a water (still or sparking, with or without ice…and even water with flavors). When you think about options for your deck it involves decision about the beauty and aesthetics, maintenance and price.
1. Composite deck: Composite decking represent the fastest-growing decking materials sold today. They are durable, the maintenance is easy and the options of colors can be fantastic to meet your aesthetics needs. Composites like Trex and TimberTech, to name some of most well-known, are composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic. They are extremely weather-stain-resistant board that won’t splinter, warp, rot or split. They are more expensive than regular wood, of course, but it is worthy. Normally they have a 25-year warranty.
2. Plastic lumber – like Azek Deck, ForeverDeck and Leisure Decking – are similar to composite, but they are made from 100 percent plastic (recycled and/or virgin). It contains no wood fibers, and are also highly resistant to staining and decay, and free of knots, cracks and splinters.
3. Pressure-treated lumber – Most pressure treated decking is milled from yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs. The two most common sizes of treated decking are 2 x 6 and 5/4 x 6-in. planks. Occasionally 2 x 4 are used, but typically only on small decks or railings. The popularity of this type of deck lumber isn’t surprising: it’s affordable, readily available, and easy to cut and fasten with nails or screws. It is also the cheapest option.