5 Decking Materials Rated by Price
Lumber is the most affordable decking option.
The holiday season is past and spring is just around the corner; have you given much thought to improving your decking situation before the warmer weather arrives? There is nothing like escaping the stuffy confines of the indoors on a warm spring day to the spacious elbow room of a solid deck. If you are ready to improve that maintenance nightmare or build a completely new surface, here are the top five decking materials rated by price.
1. Pressure Treated Lumber. This is the most affordable decking option, and therefore, the one chosen the most often. Although affordable, the pressure-treated coating is not indestructible, and you will need to perform regular maintenance to keep your deck looking tip-top.
2. Redwood & Cedar. Redwoods and cedars are still preferred by many homeowners because of their natural beauty. They don’t require as many chemicals to preserve their integrity as pressure treated lumber, but will still be vulnerable to the elements and insects. With proper stains and seals, however, you can enjoy the fresh scent of lumber on your deck for many years.
3. Composites. These are becoming one of the most popular decking options. Reasonably priced, these polyethylene or polychloride based boards consist mainly of recycled content. The boards are extremely durable and will not rot, warp, splinter, require painting or staining, or be vulnerable to insect infiltration. They come in a variety of attractive colors and will provide a sturdy low-maintenance surface for your summer enjoyment for years to come.
4. Exotic Imports/Tropical Lumber. These heavy hardwoods can include Ipe and Mahogany, and are naturally resistant to damage from the elements and insect infiltration. They are important from all over the world, but be sure to check before purchasing if the wood was harvested legally according the established sustainable guidelines.
5. Aluminum. Aluminum decking is not very common, and its price might just be the reason. Even though it is recyclable, almost indestructible, and fireproof, it costs about three times as much as exotic imported lumber. Some homeowners enjoy its low-maintenance nature, and are willing to make that extra up-front investment.
Improve your quality of life this year and finally install that new deck. Each of these materials will improve the value of your home by extending your living area to the great outdoors. Request free estimates from prescreened decking contractors in your area today.
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