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What are the best materials for a new deck?

The snow has finally melted. You can’t wait to get outside and fire up the grill. But when you do, you notice: The past few winters and summers haven’t been kind to your deck. It’s time to replace it.

Cedar wood, pressure-treated wood and composite materials can be used to build a beautiful deck. For a more durable deck, investigate the composite materials that are newer to the market. Their appearance is similar to wood, but they don’t rot, shrink, or splinter like real wood. They also don’t need to be stained or sealed yearly.

If you like the look and feel of natural wood, those options are still available, and still viable. Pressure-treated wood can last 30 years or more if maintained properly. Experts recommend that this deck be sealed with a lumber preservative every year.

Cedar wood requires just a clear wood sealer for proper maintenance. Cedar can last up to 20 years and provide a beautiful decking surface.

For more information, see the recommendations from our AmeriSpec inspectors in our Resource Center. Check out our other home maintenance and home inspection articles as well.




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