A deck-building project is a perfect idea when it comes to having a good time in your backyard. Why?
- It creates more living space
- It naturally adds to your home’s curb appeal, especially if the design complements your home’s style
- You also get an entertainment space- you can also always host family get together and summer barbecues on your deck
- Not to forget, you’ll be boosting your home’s value by building a deck.
However, before you start enjoying the benefits of a deck, it’s essential to consider the material you’ll be using for the construction; after all, the quality decking material and the craftsmanship of the deck is what will make or break your new project.
To help you make a good choice in your decking material, here are some of the best options:
- Pressure-treated wood
Wood has been the go-to material for decking material for a long time; however, it has proven to be susceptible to decay and encourages fungal and bacterial growth. For this reason, manufacturers started making pressure-treated wood.
Pressure-treated wood offers protection from bacteria, fungi, and pest infestation, not to forget the durability aspect of it all.
- Tropical hardwood
This look-alike of natural wood is one of the most durable hardwood materials. On top of that, they are naturally resistant to rot and insects, and they are a low-maintenance option, making them a popular choice for many.
The only drawback is they are expensive, and DIY is not an option since they require special tools for installation.
- Cedar and redwood
These two decking materials are best preferred because:
- They are naturally beautiful because of their rich color
- They have some natural oils that make them resistant to rot, decay, and insects
- And their boards are easy to work with
The drawback to these wood materials is in moist condition; cedar tends to break while redwood rots. They are also pretty expensive.
- Composite decking
This is another famous option in the market today. Composite is made from wood dust and recycled plastic, making it a sustainable option. It’s also a low maintenance option since it’s weather-resistant, doesn’t splint, rot or warp, and doesn’t require sanding or staining to keep it beautiful.
If you’re not into wood decking, aluminum is the best option for you, and it has a lot of perks:
- It doesn’t crack, rot, warp, or splinter
- It’s weather-resistant
- It’s also resistant to mold and bacteria growth
- It dissipates heat quickly
- And it’s a long-lasting material
So, which of these would you prefer?
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