When you have a large garden, it can be tempting to have a deck put in, especially if you and your family are the kinds of people who like hosting barbecues.
Or, maybe you want to have a deck put in to give you a private space to reflect and relax at the end of a tough day at work? As is the way with choosing the design of the deck, you need to choose the right material. This will help to reflect your home and will fit in with your garden aesthetic. Of course, if you have a barbecue on your deck, you will also want it to be fireproof!
There are many different materials you can use to built a deck. But which decking material is right for your home? Read on to learn about five of the most popular deck materials and assess if any of them are right for your family.
Pressure-Treated Wooden Planks
Pressure-treated wood is by far one of the most common and popular options, with almost 75 percent of homes in the USA having decks made from it. The wood is chemically treated to be resistant to rotting, insects and water damage. So, the majority of people want it for their deck, as it’s also affordable and it’s available in the majority of hardware stores. You will need to be on board with maintenance, as it does tend to warp and crack if it is not treated. So, you will need to be up to speed with your fence and deck supplies if you have any pressure-treated wood in your garden.
Tropical hardwoods have become more popular in recent years, and tigerwood is one of the most luxurious types. These woods are grainy, durable and hard. They’re also naturally resistant to issues such as rotting and damage from insects. With this advantage comes a higher price tag. The wood can be harder to drill, varnish or finish with a sealant. You also need to apply a UV blocking preservative to ensure that this wood remains looking at its best.
A concrete deck is versatile and doesn’t require any sealants or wood treatments. It’s also extremely easy to clean and will not attract termites! But it becomes extremely warm on hot days, meaning that any children or pets that you have will need to stay away from it to stay safe.
Redwood is a natural option that is lightweight, strong and comes in a variety of stunning colors. It isn’t readily available, and you may have to contact a specialist company to have a deck made out of it. It will also require annual power washing and coating every three to four years to prevent rot.
Made from wood fibers and recycled plastics, composite is a popular choice. It won’t warp or splinter and will not become affected by rot. It is a durable option, too, but mold and mildew can potentially grow on the wooden elements of a composite deck. It can also be on the pricier side for a wooden deck material.
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