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The Different Types of Decking Materials

April 21, 2017

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With warmer weather approaching, we will soon be spending a lot more of our free time outdoors, and what better time to build a deck? If you want to enhance your outdoor living space with a beautiful new deck this year, explore these different types of decking materials and find the one that’s right for you!

Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure Treated Wood is the age-old decking material most commonly used for building home decks. Its low and affordable cost and reasonably low labor requirements make it a safe choice. However, be cautious of the possible downsides to choosing this decking material: wood can be high maintenance due to warping, splitting, and splintering, and wood is a soft and porous material so it stains and scratches relatively easily.

Composite Decking

Composite Decking is a great alternative to wood. The composite material has low maintenance requirements and great value, making it one of the most popular decking materials on the market today. Composite decking has a very natural appearance and comes with great warranties that cover splintering, rotting, termite damage and more. The downside to this decking material is that it is more susceptible to mold in moist conditions and will fade over time.

 Vinyl & PVC Decking

Vinyl & PVC Decking is commonly used because it is guaranteed to never fade or splinter. This decking material is highly resistant to splitting and cracking. Its hard, dense makeup prevents mold and makes it scratch and stain resistant. Vinyl and PVC decking boasts decades-long life expectancy and is relatively low maintenance. Its only true disadvantages are its high cost and limited selection of colors.

Capped Composite Decking

Capped Composite Decking might have the lowest maintenance requirements of any decking material out there. Hard-shelled vinyl is wrapped around a soft composite core, giving it combined advantages of both composite and PVC decking materials. It is highly resistant to scratches, stains, cracking, and splitting. If capped composite decking is not properly installed and maintained, excess moisture can cause mold to grow inside the deck’s soft core.

North American Deck and Patio, LLC is here to help with everything you need to make the most of your outdoor living space. We are a company with over 25 years of experience in the industry and pride ourselves on designing and building the highest quality decks, patios, porches, and more! If you’re still having trouble deciding on a material for your new deck or are looking for professional help on your project, contact us today!

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