Decking Materials: Upgrade Your Deck this Season with New Materials and Features
With warm weather just around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to consider how to improve your home's outdoor spaces. For homeowners who are lucky enough to have a deck, upgrading the decking material is one of the most popular improvement projects. There are many different materials to choose from, and each has its own set of pros and cons. The following information is offered by the Owens Construction team to help you find the best possible fit for your deck project.
Composite Decking Boards
One of the most exciting advancements in recent years is the use of composites to replace traditional deck boards. For many decades, pressure-treated wood was the primary option. These decking boards are still a popular choice due to universal availability, low cost and resistance to decay and infestation. However, pressure-treated wood is not a very stable decking material; it requires frequent maintenance and upkeep to avoid cracking, splintering and warping. The primary appeal of composite decking is durability. These boards are created from a combination of wood fibers and repurposed plastic, although some options are made completely of plastic. As a result, the boards retain the look of wood but do not splinter or warp. Also, they are resistant to rot or decay, and therefore last longer than pressure-treated wood, without the same maintenance demands. The initial cost of composite decking boards is higher than pressure-treated wood, but the boards will last longer and require less attention as the years pass.
In certain climates and conditions, aluminum decking is a great option. Aluminum does not become brittle with exposure to freezing temperatures and does not expand and contract according to weather conditions (which is the cause of lifted nails and warped boards in wood decking). Aluminum decks are also completely safe from fire and hold no appeal to termites or other wood-boring pests. It is both lighter and stronger than wood and will last for many more years, with virtually no need for maintenance. For those who are environmentally-conscious, aluminum is a product that is 100% recyclable.
Wood Decking Options
For those who want to retain the look and feel of real wood, yet want to move beyond the basic pressure-treated lumber, there are several different options. Cedar decking boards are a popular choice, and it creates a very durable finished product. Mahogany is also an option and offers a rich and high-quality finish. There are even decking options created from cypress and redwood, as well as several exotic woods. All of these options are more expensive than pressure-treated wood, but provide a very attractive finished product, whether you are going for a modern or traditional look.
At Owens Construction, we are here to help with your decking projects. Whether you are building a new deck from scratch, resurfacing your existing deck or replacing decking with a new material, we have the skills and experience to create an excellent finished product. Contact us for more information or to discuss pricing and scheduling for your next home improvement project.