Time for a new deck? The first step in designing your new deck is picking out which material to use. Take a look at the most popular types and choose which one is right for you:

Different Types of Decking Materials

Pressure Treated Decks

The traditional decking material most commonly used for building home decks. Pressured treated decking is made of, quite literally, wood that has been pressure treated.

PROs: Its low cost and reasonably low labor requirements make it a safe choice for the wallet. It is also fairly easy to replace boards if you need to do it yourself.

CONs: Wood can be high maintenance if something does happen due to warping, splitting, and splintering. Wood is also a soft and porous material so it stains and scratches relatively easily.

Average Cost: $8-10 per square foot

Composite Decking

Composite decking material is a mixture of plastic, wood fiber, and a binding agent. This type of material is seeing the fastest rise in popularity for a variety of reasons.

PROs: 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 natural appearance and comes with great warranties covering splintering, rotting, termite damage, and more.

CONs: The downside to this decking material is it is more susceptible to mold in moist conditions and will fade over time.

Average Cost: $10-12 per square foot

PVC Decking

Made up of polyvinyl chloride, PVC decking has become more rare to see but is still a great option. This material contains no wood.

PROs: It is guaranteed to never fade or splinter. This decking material is highly resistant to splitting and cracking. Its hard, dense make-up prevents mold and makes it scratch and stain resistant. PVC decking has a long life expectancy and is relatively low maintenance.

CONs: The main downside to PVC decking are its higher cost and limited selection of colors.

Average Cost: $10-15 per square foot

Capped Composite Decking

This material is formed when hard-shelled vinyl is wrapped around a soft composite core.

PROs: It’s extremely low maintenance and has the advantages of both composite and PVC decking materials. It is highly resistant to scratches, stains, cracking, and splitting.

CONs: If capped composite decking is not properly installed and maintained, excess moisture can cause mold to grow inside the deck’s soft core. It is also one of the most costly types of decking material.

Average Cost: $15-25 per square foot

North American Deck and Patio, LLC is a Maryland decking contractor with over 25 years of experience in the industry. We pride ourselves on designing and building the highest quality decks, patios, porches, and more. For additional help choosing the best decking material or for professional help on your project, contact us today!

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Our 30+ years of experience and accumulated knowledge sets us apart from our competitors. We have designed and worked on a variety of different landscaping projects each customized to fit the needs of the customer. Our expertise allows us to ensure that you get exactly what you want – and we’ll even back it up with a warranty.

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Anne Arundel County Deck and Patio: Annapolis (21401, 21403, 21409), Arnold (21012), Crofton (21114), Crownsville (21032), Gambrills (21054), Glen Burnie (21060, 21061), Hanover (21076), Jessup (20794), Pasadena (21122), Severn (21144), Severna Park (21146).

Baltimore County Deck and Patio: Arbutus (21227), Catonsville (21228, 21250), Cockeysville (21030, 21031, 21065), Dundalk (21222), Edgemere (21219), Essex (21221), Garrison (21055), Lansdowne (21227), Lochearn (21207), Lutherville (21093), Middle River (21220), Milford Mill (21244), Overlea (21236), Owings Mills (21117), Parkville (21234), Park Heights (21215), Pikesville (21208), Randallstown (21133), Reisterstown (21136), Rosedale (21237), Timonium (21093), Towson (21204), White Marsh (21162), Woodlawn (21207), and more.

Calvert County Deck and Patio: Dunkirk (20754), Chesapeake Beach (20732), North Beach (20714), Prince Frederick (20678), Owings (20736), Solomons (20688).

Howard County Deck and Patio: Clarksville (21029), Columbia (21044), Cooksville (21723), Dorsey (21075), Elkridge (21075), Ellicott City (21043), Fulton (20759), Glenelg (21737), Glenwood (21738), Granite (21163), Hanover (21076), Highland (20777), Jessup (20794), Lisbon (21765), Marriottsville (21104), North Laurel (20723), West Friendship (21794), Woodbine (21797), Woodstock (21163), and more.

Montgomery County Deck and Patio: Olney (20832), Damascus (20872), Laytonsville (20882), Silver Spring (20910), Clarksburg (20871), Gaithersburg (20878), Germantown (20876), Bethesda (20816), Chevy Chase (20815), and more.

Prince George's County Deck and Patio: Bowie (20715, 20716, 20720, 20721), Beltsville (20705), Adelphi (20783), College Park (20740,20742), Greenbelt (25689), Hyattsville (20781, 20782, 20783, 20784), Landover (20785), Laurel (20707, 20723), Springdale (20774), Upper Marlboro (20772, 20774), Woodlawn (21207).

St. Marys County Deck and Patio: Leonardtown (20650), Mechanicsville (20659), Lexington Park (20653), Piney Point (20674), Tall Timbers (20690)

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