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    Choosing Your Deck Material

    Choosing Your Deck Material

    If you are considering a deck on your new home, you will need to decide what materials to use. There are some options out there and things to consider when making your decision. How much do you want to spend? Are you looking for maintenance “free”?

    The first thing you will need to decide is what decking material will be used. Decking is the plank material on the walking surface of the deck. Here are two common material options.

    Pressure Treated Wood Decking

    Pressure treated wood is material that has been specially treated to withstand the elements. It is meant for outside applications because it won’t warp and weather as bad as regular lumber. It looks great but it does require regular maintenance (power-washing and sealing) to keep it looking good.

    PROS: looks nice, less expensive than other decking material

    CONS: requires regular cleaning and sealant

    Composite Decking

    Composite decking has been around for a while. We’ve sold several brands (Trex, Timbertech, and now Azek). Composite decking is popular because it is generally maintenance free and it comes in several colors.

    PROS: looks great, several colors to choose from and virtually no maintenance

    CONS: $$$


    You will also need to choose what kind of rail option you’d like for your deck. Unless stated otherwise, we install white vinyl railing on all of our decks. They look great!

    We are going to try something a little different at our next spec home on Greenwich Street. We’re going to do vinyl rails, iron pickets, and a cap on the top of the rail that matches the decking material. Similar to this…

    We’re doing more and more decks and covered porches but it is also something easy to do down the road if you can’t fit it into your budget. Regardless of when you decide to do it, the extra outdoor living space will absolutely increase the value of your home. It is one of those things that gives you a return on your investment immediately!

    Dream Big. Build Smart. 

    4 Responses

    1. Daphne Gilpin
      Daphne Gilpin - at - - Reply

      Thanks for explaining that pressure treated wood decking has been made specifically to resits the warping and weathering that can be common outdoors. My husband and I really like the idea of having a deck added to our home because we love having friends over, and a deck would create an awesome space to entertain them. I’m glad I read your article because I feel a lot more prepared to evaluate our options for the decking material!

    2. Nick
      Nick - at - - Reply

      Amazing post! I was looking for materials I can use for my walking deck and I just landed to the right page I’m looking for, thank you for posting this!

    3. Eli Richardson
      Eli Richardson - at - - Reply

      One of my friends wants to get his deck done, but he is not sure what material to choose from. I liked what you said that composite decking requires little maintenance and it comes in a variety of colors. We will love the idea of matching his deck with the house’s trim.

    4. Jenna Hunter
      Jenna Hunter - at - - Reply

      Thanks for your tips about choosing a deck rail. My cousin is thinking about getting a deck for her home. Getting one built by a professional could be really nice.

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