The back deck is an important part of your home. It provides a place to enjoy the warmer months of Idaho, and spend time with family and friends. There are many factors to consider in creating your dream deck: the layout, the size, and, most importantly, the deck materials. If you don’t know which materials are right for your budget, aesthetics, and lifestyle, learn more about your options to make an informed choice.

Whether you’re building a new deck or tearing down an existing structure and rebuilding an improved deck in its place, you’ll play an important role in the design process. Making the right choices can be daunting, however. 

If you aren’t sure how to choose the right materials for your deck build, the good news is Blue Sky Decks has plenty of options suitable for both the cold and warm weather. Whether you have a limited budget or no budget, we can help you choose a durable, low-maintenance product that will create a beautiful deck you can enjoy for many years.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is the most commonly used material in deck building because it’s the most affordable. However, its cost-effectiveness isn’t the only benefit. It’s also weather-resistant, fungal and insect resistant, and highly durable. It makes a beautiful deck and won’t ever require paint or stain. 

To keep it looking good and functioning as intended, simply apply a pressure-treated wood decking quality sealer each year to keep your deck in the best shape possible.


Cedar is a timeless decking material that will provide your backyard with a luxurious feel. It’s low maintenance in that it doesn’t require paint or stain because it has a natural beauty, and even better, it won’t warp with time. It’s a good choice for areas with a lot of suns because it’s weather-resistant, and isn’t affected by UV rays. It also won’t give you problems with mold, rot or mildew.


Hardwood is an excellent choice for those who want to build a deck that gives their homes and yards a sophisticated look. Like cedar, it has a natural beauty, is long-lasting, and is extremely durable. It’s important to note, however, that all variations of hardwood will change color over time as they age and eventually appear silvery gray.

You can take steps to preserve the wood’s color by applying a hardwood decking oil every six to twelve months or letting it age naturally: the choice is yours.

Composite Decking 

Composite decking boards have become a go-to for homeowners who want a picture-perfect deck that’s virtually maintenance-free. Composite decking comes in many different styles and colors, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a board that meets your design ideals.

Composite decking is made of wood and plastic, a combination that gives it its durability. It resists the weather, will never require stain or paint, won’t ever cause splinters, and all you have to do to maintain it is clean it as needed with a hose or pressure washer.

We’re Here to Help!

If you want to build a deck to personalize your home and extend your living space, we can help. Our design experts will review the different building materials and help you choose the right one based on your budget, preferred design, and lifestyle. Contact us today at Blue Sky Decks to learn more about our custom decks.

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