If you are wondering what decking materials to use for your new deck you might feel overwhelmed as you consider different options. It’s worth doing your homework and finding out what the best decking options are for you.
At Blue Sky Decks, customers often ask what kind of materials to use for their deck. Wood decks remain a crowd-pleaser, however, natural wood is susceptible to environmental exposure, pest infestation, and decay.
Pressure-treated wood has many advantages over untreated wood and other composite materials. Here are some reasons why a pressure-treated, wood deck might be right for your home:
Pressure-treated wood will increase your deck’s longevity. The average deck built with natural lumber will last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. Compared to the 45 to 50 years of use a well-maintained pressure-treated deck can offer, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners choose to use pressure-treated lumber.
Many homeowners are surprised to learn that decks built with untreated wood can entice pests such as carpenter ants and termites closer to your home. This is the last thing you want to happen when you’re updating your house with a beautiful new deck. The chemical compounds in pressure-treated lumber repel pests, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about termites or carpenter ants burrowing into the wood and causing structural issues.
While untreated lumber has a lower purchase price than pressure-treated wood, it deteriorates more quickly and requires more upkeep. It doesn’t matter how inexpensive materials are if they fail to perform their purpose, and decks built with natural wood are at risk of being compromised by water, pests, or fungal growth.
Pressure-treated wood is much more affordable than composite decking. In fact, a homeowner building a deck with composite lumber will pay approximately 50% more than if they were to create the same deck with pressure-treated pine. Individuals who plan on using high-end woods such as cedar or redwood for the deck will still find that treated wood is less expensive; even premium types.
Even with supply chain delays, pressure-treated lumber is still easier to acquire than most composite materials. This accessibility allows construction on your deck to begin sooner and makes repairs easier. For example, if part of your deck is damaged in a storm, it will be simpler to find pressure-treated lumber to complete the repair than to order replacement composite materials.
A well-constructed wood deck elevates a home’s exterior and adds valuable outside space for socializing, working, and relaxing. Since a deck is a significant investment, you want it to improve the appearance of your home. Although composite boards are available in various colors, they lack the charm and classic elegance of an expertly-designed deck.
If you opt for a wood deck, you will not be stuck with the same aesthetic as you would with composite decks. If you repaint your house, for example, you will have the flexibility to update your deck’s appearance to coordinate with your home.
Ready for your Dream Deck?
It’s hard to beat pressure-treated wood’s affordability, longevity, and appearance. If you’re contemplating adding a stunning outside space to your home, would like to improve your existing deck, or if you simply have more questions, it’s time to give us a call. Contact Blue Sky Decks today, and let us enhance your home’s exterior!