What Is the Best Deck Material? Wood vs. Composite vs. Polymer
Nothing puts a finishing touch on your home like a deck. It’s the perfect place for you to gather with your family or entertaining guests. In addition, adding a deck can increase the value of your home. At Eagle Building Solutions, we understand this and give every decking project our all. Before we begin work on your new deck, however, you have to choose which kind of deck you want. There is no right or wrong material to use for your deck; it all comes down to personal preference. Let’s take a closer look at three popular types of decks.
One popular choice for homeowners is wood decks, which are typically built with pressure-treated wood. This makes the wood more resistant to moisture and other outdoor elements. Several types of wood are used in the making these types of decks, but some of the most common include:
- pine, and
Besides these types of wood, there are some more uncommon choices such as tropical hardwood. Many manufacturers in the United States often treat wood decks with copper compounds to make them more resistant to mold and rot. Unfortunately, wood decks have a downfall. While they are an affordable option for most homeowners, they break down quicker and aren’t the best long-term solution for your decking needs. Pressure-treated wood still needs to be stained every year to retain its water-repellent properties.
Although slightly more expensive than pressure-treated wood, composite decking is another good choice. Composite decks are made up of two main substances: resin and wood. Manufacturers use wood pieces to give the panels the appearance of natural wood. These wood pieces also add a lot of structural support to each panel. The resin holds the wood pieces together and protects the material from weather damage. Despite costing more than other decking options, composite decking lasts a long time and never has to be sealed or stained. This makes composite decks a great option for people who prefer decks that will need little maintenance over the years.
Much like wood decks, however, composite decks do have their own pitfalls. The biggest drawback is heat retention. In warmer climates, many builders stay away from composite decks because they retain large amounts of heat, making them unbearable to walk on during the day.
The last type of deck is actually the one that lasts the longest: polymer decks. At Eagle Building Solutions, we’re a big believer in polymer decks, which is why we’re proud to offer polymer decking from Azek. Polymer decking contains no wood or other organic materials. It’s completely made from plastic. This type of decking is largely considered the best option when it comes to using synthetic materials. In fact, many polymer decks come with a manufacturer lifetime warranty. The also don’t fade in direct sunlight and are completely resistant to mold and rotting. They also require very little maintenance and cleaning. Despite popular belief, you can also nail and screw things into polymer decks just like you can with traditional wood decking.
There are a few drawbacks to polymer decks, and the price is the most notable. Polymer decks are the most expensive synthetic decks on the market, but they are still cheaper than natural wood decks that use exotic wood. While the install investment might be a bit higher, you will save money in the long run with lower maintenance costs.
So which type of deck is the best? This is a question that only you can answer. Each type of deck has its own pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide which one offers the features that you are desire the most and that fits within your budget. No matter which one you choose, Eagle Building Solutions is here to help!
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