Back in the day, the only material that was used to build decks was wood. Today, you can find a variety of colors and materials to build with, such as cedar wood, PVC and even metal. When choosing the right one for your deck, it’s important to consider the climate of the region you live in. You should also keep in mind the amount of maintenance that’s needed for the different materials. Some need more attention than others. Here, we’re going to discuss the most commonly used deck materials.
Using Cedar for Your Home Deck
This is by far the most popular of the deck materials out there. The reason it’s so popular is because of its beauty, durability and strength. Plus, it is made in the U.S., which makes shipping costs lower. Most cedar comes from Port Orford, which is grown in the Pacific Northwest. It is considered to be 40% stronger than other cedar trees grown elsewhere. Other than that, cedar has natural oils that allow it to resist insects, UV rays from the sun and decay. In most cases, cedar decks can last up to 25 years without warping. Cedar decks are easy to stain because of their light color. Cedar does get scratched and stained easily, so you have to be careful when using the deck. With regular maintenance, you can keep your deck looking great and dry-rot-free.
Why Choose PVC for Your Deck
PVC decks are made of polyvinyl chloride, but have similar characteristics of wood. It is lightweight and less dense than the older model PVC decks. You can find this material in a variety of colors – some even having a natural wood look. Like cedar, PVC doesn’t warp easily. It also doesn’t crack, making it one of the most durable under constant foot traffic and traction. PVC decks are much easier to maintain and you don’t have to worry about rot, splinters, mildew or mold. One downside of PVC is that it is more expensive than many cedar decks.
Consider Tigerwood for Your Deck
Tigerwood is an exotic form of hardwood that is native to Africa and Brazil. They have natural rich colors and are long. You can find them in dark red-browns and light golden browns. It is very durable, with a bending strength of 19,285 psi. It has a hardness of 1,850 lbs. Tigerwood is resistant to rot and decay and can last up to 25 years. Because it isn’t grown in the U.S., the cost is more expensive due to shipping costs.
Composite Decks for Longer Lifespan
If you’re looking for something that will outlast wood, you can go with composite decks. This is made up of a mixture of wood and plastic, mostly from recycled materials. Eco-friendly like the idea of using recycled materials, so it is popular amongst that crowd. Composite looks natural and stains easily. Depending on the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, it can cause the wood particles in this material to contract and expand, causing it to develop rot, mold, splinters and warping.
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