Pressure-Treated wood for decks is a highly popular choice when building a new deck as it’s made of fir permeated. This specific type of wood is made with anti-rot and insecticide agents which helps make the deck more durable at a low-cost. This pressure-treated wood usually comes in the basic tan or brown color and can also be enhanced in colour by using a stain. If you’re looking for a cost effective option pressure-treated wood is a great choice that can last for decades. Although it’s made to last this specific type of wood does require refinishing every few years with a clear sealer or stain.
Cedar decking has been the original natural beauty of real wood and can always easily elevate a space. Cedar wood is inexpensive and extremely easy to work with which is a great option if you’re looking to build yourself. Cedar decking is a fantastic material for a timeless look that can last up to 15-20 years but expect some refinishing throughout the years.
Redwood for decks is considered to be a more expensive but popular option. This type of deck is a lightweight and strong material that’s very easy to work with. Redwood typically comes in a darker color and is naturally rot-resistant which makes this type of decking last for up to 10 to 20 years.
Composite decking is wood fibers that are made with recycled polyethylene. Not only does this type of deck require low-maintenance, it comes in a variety of color ranges and textures that closely appear like real wood. Composite decks are very popular and are extremely eye-catching once they are installed. Most composite decking lasts for quite some time and even though this material is low maintenance it does require extra attention in cleaning and deck washing every few years in order to avoid causing mold.
Finally Ipe material for decks is a popular and durable hardwood that is naturally beautiful and resistant to rot. Ipe is one of the woods that requires more maintenance compared to the other deck types and must be sealed every year but can last for 25 years and much more if properly taken care of.
While you’re looking and comparing different types of decks, an important factor is to remember that decking is an investment and you need to consider how much time you want to dedicate over the years to maintaining your outdoor deck. Comparing the types of decks is important not only for the design and look but the overall commitment it will take over the lifespan of your deck.