Love outdoor, balcony, patio or timber decking? Choosing a suitable deck flooring material is not easy at all especially when we are not the experts. However, do not worry. Before you decide to engage a contractor, it will be good to know what are your wants and needs keeping in mind your budget.
In this article, we will explore the different types of deck flooring as well as the basic advantages and disadvantages. With this information, you should be able to choose a material by deciding on the overall features which are important to you.
There is an extensive range of different deck flooring materials such as wood plastic composite blends, wood, metal and plastic. Although wood is low-cost, it requires maintenance effort and cost will be higher if you want it to your desired colour. Composites are slightly higher in price but require less maintenance. It is good for colour retention. Plastics are the most expensive. However, it is expected to last much longer and is low in maintenance. Plastics also give a more finished look as compared to composites.
The types of deck flooring:
1. Wood plastic composite blends – Decking is moulded from a formula mixture of plastic and wood. The different ratios of wood to plastic affect the performance characteristics.
2. Wood – Mostly, wood decking is treated pine which helps to prevent rotting. The most common wood is southern pine which is prone to wrapping and twisting. Cedar is the second popular choice. It is stronger in resisting rotting from occurring and is more stable compared to southern pine. Other woods materials include mahogany, redwood and ironwood.
3. Metal – Metal decking for home is extremely rare. Aluminium decking can create a watertight floor.
4. Plastic – Decking in 100% plastic is quite rare. Plastic can be smooth or textured with grooves.
Advantages and disadvantages:
Wood plastic composite blends
• The price ranges slightly above wood.
• The effort, maintenance cost, time is lower and generally long-lasting.
• It comes in a variety of textures such as grooved, smooth and embossed wood grain.
• With moisture content of wood component and temperature of plastic component, it can be expanded or contracted.
• There will tend to be mould and mildew growing in the wood component which became a hassle to clean completely.
• Some wood initial cost is low but some is extremely pricey. (E.g. mahogany)
• It requires effort, maintenance cost, time and for long lifespan which can offset to initial cost savings
• The price range is the highest.
• With low maintenance effort and cost, it can maintain original look & colour for a long run.
• The price range tend to be higher than wood and wood plastic composite blends
• Long lasting which require minimum effort and cost to maintain the looks and colours.
• Different types of texture such as grooved, smooth and embossed wood grain.
• The only disadvantage the artificial appearance which may not blend in well into your environment.
To choose the best decking flooring, always choose the feature which is a must have for you! Seek help from professional flooring service!