Composite decks are extremely popular, in fact about 85% of decks are composite. They are made up of some type of plastic material, such as polyethylene and/or polyvinyl chloride, and wood particles. These man-made boards never need staining, and they never splinter or rot. They are long lasting and extremely easy to maintain.
Not only are composite decks popular they are also good for the environment. Most composites are made from waste: sawdust, used plastic milk jugs, and shopping bags. Every 20 feet of decking contains about 30 pounds of material that would have ended up in a landfill. Trex is a popular brand of composite decking.
Though composite decks have a higher upfront cost, they add value to your home and you won’t have to worry about the cost to upkeep your deck, since it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. Examples of composite decks: Trex, Fiberon, Timbertech, Zuri.
Pressure Treated Decks
While Composite decks are very popular, pressure treated wood decks are still a top choice for many residents because of their beautiful natural color and grain of wood. In addition, there is usually a lower upfront cost.
Another benefit of pressure treated decks is that they don’t ever get too hot under the sun which definitely makes things more pleasant if you are walking bare-foot on your deck.
There are some considerations when choosing a pressure treated deck. First and foremost is the fact that the deck is made of wood which means it reacts to sunlight, moisture and temperature. Because of this, it’s important to take great care of your deck do maintenance as needed so your deck lasts as long as possible.