If you are looking to add a deck onto your home, but your budget is tight, you may be considering your options and looking for the most cost effective options possible.
But what are the cheapest decking materials? What are the pros and cons of less expensive materials?
Let’s look at some of the most economical decking materials, and some pros and cons of them.
Pressure Treated Wood Is a Solid, Cheap Decking Material.
The most economical decking material, by far, is pressure treated wood.
Pressure treated wood is superior to regular wood because it has been infused with chemicals that help it resist decay and rot, as well as damage from certain types of insects.
Not only is this wood infused with chemicals that prevent it from decaying, it is usually also sealed with a sealant that helps protect it from environmental damage.
The biggest benefit of pressure treated wood is its affordability.
While it doesn’t last as long as a composite decking would, it is at a price point that makes it more accessible to many homeowners who can’t afford composite.
Pressure treated wood can cost as much as 20-30% less than traditional wood. The chemicals added to the wood to prevent decay and insect damage also make decks made of this wood potentially last longer than other wood decks.
On the other hand, pressure treated wood isn’t very environmentally friendly.
While the deck is on your home they don’t pose a threat to your health or the health of your pets, there could be problems if the deck catches fire.
Additionally, in comparison to a composite material, pressure treated wood has a more limited lifespan.
Composite Materials Are a Happy Medium Among the Cheapest Decking Materials.
Composite decking is a step above pressure treated lumber, but still more affordable than exotic woods such as ipe or cedarwood.
Composite decking comes in a wide range of price points, styles, colors, etc., so you should be able to find one that meets your needs.
While composite decking may cost you more initially, it will last longer, potentially saving you money in upkeep and maintenance in the long run.
North American Deck and Patio is Your Home for Decking Materials.
If you are ready to add a deck onto the back of your home, but are concerned about the cost, give us a call at North American Deck and Patio today to discuss your options.
We can work with you and your budget to help you decide what the best decking material is for your home and financial situation.
Call us today to get started!