A deck addition can significantly boost your home’s value and improve your yard’s beauty and function. With the wide range of options for decking material available, however, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your investment.
Holloway Company, the local expert on decks, discusses the features and benefits of the top deck options on the market:
Traditionally, wood is the number one material used for decks. It’s authentic and has a natural warmth that makes it an excellent choice. It also smells good and is among the most inexpensive materials on the market.
When unmaintained, however, wood tends to split, crack and change color. Fortunately, you can get wood that is pressure-treated with preservatives to make it resistant to rot, insects and the elements.
Also called synthetic decking, composite as a deck material has been rapidly rising in popularity over the recent years, and for good reason. Composite decks are environmentally friendly, lightweight, weather- and stain-resistant and virtually maintenance-free. They are also guaranteed to not splinter or rot for years to come.
Plastic is another great alternative to wood. Since plastic decks are usually recycled from old milk, water and juice containers, they are one of the most eco-friendly materials on the market. They are also weather-resistant, lightweight and easy to clean.
Additionally, you won’t have to worry about expensive maintenance costs, as plastic lumber doesn’t need to be occasionally stained or painted.
If you have the budget to spare, we recommend investing in aluminum. It can effectively resist fire, weather, rot and decay. Aluminum also has a textured finish that creates a slip-resistant surface, improving your deck’s safety.
You also won’t have to worry about its color fading over time, helping to preserve the beauty of your deck for years to come.