3 Decking Materials Rated by Maintenance Level

From on December 22, 2008 in Decks and Patios

The weather has turned and we’ve receded indoors for a few months, so outdoor living probably isn’t high on your priority list. Now is the perfect time, however, to take advantage of the slower construction industry and to address some projects around the house. Why not look into building or replacing the deck this year? Decks can provide a clean and relaxing area to bask in the fresh air while entertaining or simply reading a book. If built out of the wrong material, the deck may demand constant maintenance, ruining the relaxing effect. All in all, any maintenance is definitely worth the benefits a deck can bring to your life, but you should at least start with a material that requires the least amount of maintenance possible. Here are the 3 top decking materials ranked by least to most maintenance:

Composite

Composite decksComposite decking, such as the Trex brand, is a wonderful alternative to wood. It is made from recycled plastics, and requires very little maintenance. It is available in many color options, and once installed provides a clean surface that won’t fade, warp, deteriorate, or crack. View pictures of composite decking recently completed by CalFinder contractors.

Vinyl

Composite decks
Vinyl and composite decking compete for the position of the least amount of maintenance. Vinyl products, in many cases, come with lifetime warranties because of their indestructible nature. One drawback to vinyl is that it only comes in light colors. Photo Credit: Vinyl Fence and Deck

Wood

Wood decksWood decking is probably the most beautiful, but requires the most maintenance. There are new stains and sealants that help to protect and reduce deterioration, allowing you to still enjoy a more natural appearance. You can also look for woods that are harvested from renewable forests as well.


A new deck can open many doors this coming spring and summer. Get ahead of everyone else, and get your projects scheduled before the holidays are over. Maybe even surprise your spouse with that new hot tub, outdoor kitchen, or gazebo he/she has been wanting!