Taking a closer look at it, you’ll soon come to realize that the deck is the most used space on your property. That is why when it comes to outdoor decking, choosing the right material to use is a very important decision. There are plenty of things you will have to balance, like durability, appearance, maintenance requirements and cost in order to find the best option for your needs.
Below, this article will take a look at some of the options you have in this regard.
Based on information from various authority online websites, around 80% of homeowners choose wood for their outdoor decking. While some of them will go for pine, others will go for cedar and redwood, all of them being easily available in untreated and treated versions (which make the wood resistant to various external factors). It seems that a lot of people are considering softwoods and that is due to the fact that with proper maintenance, they will last for many years and they are quite inexpensive compared to composite decks and hardwoods.
Installation wise, others types of outdoor decking will require special tools, but due to the nature of softwoods, such tools are not required and you don’t have to worry about paying money to rent or buy them. At the same time, you will also not have to pay extra money in order to find someone who can install composite or hardwood decking.
If you’re looking for increased durability and you also love the natural look and feel of wood, then going for hardwood outdoor decking is certainly the natural choice you can make. Because the majority of hardwoods contain natural preservatives, you will not have to worry about having them treated with different kinds of chemicals, which might ruin their natural aspect. Even if you’ll visit the local home building supply stores, you’ll find there are still plenty of options you can consider.
Installing hardwoods though is a bit more difficult and that is due to the grainy nature of hard wood, which makes nailing a bit difficult. However, it seems that its appearance and durability are the primary factors that win the hearts of so many homeowners over.
In order to protect the environment, it’s best if you’ll shop for hardwood outdoor decking that’s coming from a sustainable hardwood farm, because this way you can help with decreasing the millions of acres of tropical forest that’s lost annually, because of unsustainable logging. On the other hand, going with a certified seller, you are certain that the woods are processed and grown as to not damage the environment.
Composites are basically made from a combination of plastic and wood and in terms of price, they are between hardwoods and softwoods. If durability is your main consideration, then you should go for this option, because all you’ll need to consider for maintenance is periodic cleaning.
Even more, you’ll find composite outdoor decking to be available in a wide range of textures and colors with graining and grooves that imitate natural wood. You’ll also find that some materials are flexible and because of that, you can easily cut them in patterns or shapes which would cost a lot of money to duplicate with either hardwoods or softwoods. With that bein