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Today, we thought we’d touch on a hot topic this time of year–decks! We’ve built a lot of them over the years and would like to share our expertise on the top decking options available today. There are plenty of options, but we’ve narrowed it down for you by popularity and most commonly used.

Many homeowners choose wood decking because it is familiar, readily available and affordable. At the same time, wood decking problems like splinters, rot and high maintenance cause many headaches. Although composite wood decking is easier to maintain, some homeowners worry that composites won’t look as nice as wood. However, manufacturing advances have led to composites that emulate the rich, natural look of wood without the hassles of maintaining a wood deck.

It really boils down to personal preference, but the following pros and cons on today’s most popular decking options may help you decide which option is the best fit for you.

 

Composite Decking

Manufacturers produce composites by mixing plastics and wood fiber and extruding the material into boards. The wood fiber provides strength, while the plastic helps protect the wood from moisture. Composites can be made from either recycled or virgin ingredients. Inventors originally developed composites as moisture-resistant components for window and door frames and it is now one of the most desired decking options.

– higher upfront cost 

– long lasting with high durability

– little to no maintenance required

– many colour options including natural wood looks

– resists rot, warping, splintering & termites

– unless sheeting is completed first, the deck won’t keep the framing as dry as vinyl 

– a quick power washing for maintenance

Wood Decks

– lower upfront cost

– requires annual maintenance (painting, staining & sealing)

– desirable traditional timber look and feel

– susceptible to rot, splintering, warping & termites

– fades easily, shorter lifetime if not cared for properly

PVC Decking

 

The name “PVC” is short for polyvinylchloride, and is also simply called “vinyl.” One of the most common plastics in the world, PVC is widely used in packaging, as well as building materials ranging from pipes and window frames to decking.

– vinyl will make the framing of the deck and whatever is below dry 

– recyclable and insect resistant

– becomes uncomfortably hot

– not as natural of a look as composite or wood decks


We hope this article helped you out. If there’s something you’d like us to touch on in future blog posts, please reach out and let us know!