Decking materials have come a long way. In the past the only choice was wood, with a few varieties; however, today you can choose from several other types of materials including manufactured imitation wood for easier maintenance.
Wood – Pressure treated wood is still a popular choice with homeowners and is relatively inexpensive; however, it does require regular upkeep to prevent weather damage.
Composite – Composite decking material is made from wood fibers and recycled plastic and there are many styles available and it is virtually maintenance-free, since it won’t rot or warp.
Aluminum – Aluminum decking is the most expensive option but also the most durable and should never need replacing. Cost runs around $9 per linear foot.
Other Woods – Other wood options are redwood, cedar, or ipe. They are naturally resistant to warping and cracking, and make a beautiful deck, but also cost a great deal more than traditional wood. Ipe is dense and resists damage and is the best-looking option, but at three times the cost of pressure treated lumber it can be cost prohibitive.
Railings, Lighting, and Location – Deck location can go far beyond the back door, and custom railings and added lighting can elevate the simple deck into a masterpiece.
Consider a rooftop beach deck, open to the sand and surf for sunbathing or watching the sun go down, a balcony deck on the first floor roof of a two story home, or a magnificent poolside nirvana on the roof of the bath house with a sweeping staircase, built in step lights and a pergola for the roof.
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