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Deck Buying Guide

September 22, 2017

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The specifics of your new decking project need to be carefully decided on before you begin any of the actual work. There are many types of decking materials to choose from, and finding one that best fits your lifestyle and your deck’s intended use is a great first step when starting this kind of project! Let’s look at the most common options and find out which best suits you and your home:

Wooden Decks

The most commonly used decking material is wood. It has a classic and natural look, and is very durable and strong. The pricing of wood decking varies depending on the type you desire. Pressure treated wood is usually the most affordable, but needs to be replaced more often.

Works Best For:

  • Almost any home style
  • Homeowners who can maintain and clean it regularly
  • Backyards in areas that are not prone to excessive amounts of insects and other pests
  • Those looking for a more natural appearance

Composite Decks

Composite decking is made up of waste wood fibers and recycled plastic. It comes in a variety of colors and can be easily matched to the style of your home. Though it is relatively easy to maintain, the color of composite decking often fades over time and with prolonged sun exposure.

Works Best For:

  • The environmentally-conscious homeowner
  • Those who don’t have as much time for deck maintenance
  • East or North-facing backyards
  • Homeowners without a tight budget

Plastic or PVC Decks

Plastic, PVC, and polyethylene are lightweight materials which are strong enough to hold up against the harsh elements of nature. They are very low-maintenance, and most come with a non-slip coating making the deck less slippery when wet. Be cautious with these decking materials though—they can get very hot in direct sunlight.

Works Best For:

  • Homeowners who want to avoid sanding, staining, and painting
  • Decks with a dining area, as it is highly resistant to stains
  • Pool owners
  • Those looking for a non-natural look

Don’t forget the most important part of your new deck project!

Selecting an experienced and professional Maryland deck builder is paramount to guaranteeing your outdoor living area will reach its highest potential for relaxation and entertainment.

North American Deck and Patio, LLC is a Maryland decking company with over 25 years of experience in the industry and is dedicated to making your outdoor living space the most comfortable and enjoyable part of your home. For more information on decking materials, or to set up a consultation to talk about your upcoming deck project, contact us today!

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