Choose the best materials to build or update your deck

Is your deck looking a little under the weather? Maybe it’s time to replace that old dried-out surface. When resurfacing a deck, there are a few material choices to consider.

The most popular decking choice is pressure-treated wood. Pressure-treated wood is ideal for places with high humidity, or decks that will be directly in contact with the ground. It provides protection against insects. Pressure-treated wood also will not swell, split or wrap if maintained properly.

Cedar wood, pressure-treated wood and composite materials can be used to build a beautiful deck.It is recommended that this decking material be sealed with a lumber preservative every year to reduce shrinkage and maintain a beautiful finish.

Pressure-treated wood is a popular decking choice because it is relatively inexpensive and can last more than 30 years when maintained properly.

Another popular decking material is cedar wood. Cedar wood will offer great durability and provide superior insect resistance. It also is slow to decay.

Cedar does not require a stain, just a clear wood sealer. When properly sealed, cedar can last up to 20 years and provide a beautiful decking surface. It is recommended to wash the wood at least once a year so it can extend the life. Cedar decking  is a little more expensive, but costs less to maintain.

The newest choice in decking is a composite material. Composite materials are becoming more popular due to several benefits. They give the elegance of wood but do not rot, shrink, or splinter like real wood.

Composite materials can be cleaned easily and do not need to be sealed or stained yearly, although some darker colors may show weathering through the years.