When considering building a deck, there are a few aspects you have to know getting to the actual building, whether you plan to get someone else to do it or to do it yourself: the type of materials, your budget, your design, and so on. Today let’s have a look at the materials.
Pay attention to the most important factor—An outdoor deck is exposed to all the elements of nature, so you’ll need a material that can resist high and low heat and moisture. Unusual heat may make your deck warped and too much moisture can cause wood to rot, mold, warp and more. What’re more, you need a material, which should not be susceptible to insects. Below we list 5 different types of materials. You’ll know exactly what is right for you!
Redwood is a good choice in the world of decking. It’s soft yet durable lumber. The natural oils and tannins do double-duty in redwood, which helps resist damage from moisture and insects. Meanwhile its natural beauty ages to a pleasing gray. But prolonged moisture may make the wood black so remember to use a clear sealer on your redwood deck.
Do you want to choose an excellent resistance to decay, and cedar is one such wood. It is a popular choice for outdoor decks because of its durability, moisture resistance, easy ability to seal and stain, and affordability. It holds up well in rain, sun, heat, and cold. To add beauty and durability to your cedar deck, use a penetrating stain, for Cedar is a soft wood, which means it can be easily dented or scratched.
It is great because of their extreme and natural resistance to moisture, insects, and warping. This kind of hard wood can last for decades and is easy to maintain. However, because these woods are so hard, they are very difficult to maneuver, install, and even secure.
Pressure Treated Wood
It is considerately effective on cost. The wood is being treated with preservative chemicals that will resist rot and insects. Its pale color and ability to stain are another reason for its popularity. However, these decks require more maintenance.
Composite Wood or PVC
These materials are famous for being low-maintenance and highly durable. Both composite and PVC are affordable, available in a variety of styles. However, you need to know these decks can get very slippery and are susceptible to mold.
When it comes time to choose your materials, your choice needs to be based on your own personal needs: your budget, your timeline and so on. If you don’t know how to choose, feel free to contact us Everlast Services. We are always more than happy to provide detailed information and samples, and discuss how we can best meet your needs.
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