What Kind of Deck is Best for Me?
The snow is gone and the warm weather is here - get out of the house and enjoy it while it lasts! Step outside onto your deck, relax in a chair and enjoy. If you don’t have a deck, now is the perfect time to get one! A deck is the perfect addition to any home. This article will help you decide which decking material is best for your home. Read the frequently asked questions and learn about the ins-and-outs of decking materials. The popular types of decking materials are:
- Western Red Cedar Wood
- Composite Decking
- PVC Decking
What kind of wood is best suitable for a deck?
One of the best kinds of wood species for decks is Western Red Cedar, a species that is naturally durable in any environment. It contains natural oils that prevent it from rotting and decaying, making it perfect for humid or wet climates. It also contains another element, thujaplicins, an organic compound that gives off the classic cedar aroma. This appeals to the human senses, but is unattractive to insects, moths and other pests, keeping them at bay. Western Red Cedar has a long lifespan, with minimal maintenance. It only requires a staining every other year. Also, it won’t bow or sag, like some materials have a tendency to do over time. A top reason most people consider Western Red Cedar is its price. It is cheaper than other decking options.
Another species you may want to consider is Ipe. Ipe is a hard, dense wood from tropical areas. While it is generally more expensive than Western Red Cedar, it has great qualities that make up for its high price. Since Ipe is so dense, it is very resistant to scratches and dents. It can last longer too. With the tight grain build of Ipe, it is waterproof, so mold isn’t a problem. In case of fire, Ipe has been given a Class A fire rating, the same given to concrete and steel. With such a dry summer, you won’t have to worry about a fire if you should choose to grill on your deck. Perfect for a summer barbeque!
A wood deck generally needs minimal maintenance. Depending on which kind of stain you apply, most decks only need re-staining every other year. The darker the stain, the longer time required in between staining. A pressure-washer, cleaner, or brightener is recommended if the wood has grayed. All in all, the time between re-staining depends on the type of stain, how dark the stain is, and how exposed your deck is to harmful elements or weather. Using Sikkens brand stain will ensure that your deck is protected.
Composite Decking vs. PVC Decking, what’s the difference?
Composite decking and PVC decking are very different. Composite decking is made from plastic and wood fibers blended together. PVC is made 100% from plastic. Both need very minimal maintenance, only an occasional sweeping or wash with the hose. PVC is more resistant to scratching than composite decking because of its dense surface. PVC is also lighter than other types of decking, making it easier to install. It can often weight 30% to 40% less than composite decking.
What are the advantages of composite decking?
The biggest reason composite decking is so popular is because it has the look and feel of wood without all the hassle. You don’t have to stain or maintain it or worry about termite damage. Also, composite decking is made from recycled materials, which is not only good for you, but also good for the environment. And if for some reason it would be become damaged, most companies offer warranties to replace it. Composite decking comes in many colors, with any kind of railing to match, making your dream deck as easy and beautiful as possibility.
What are the advantages of PVC decking?
Like composite decking, PVC looks like wood without the hassle. It is more stain resistant than other kinds of decking, making it literally the easiest to maintain. It won’t warp, splint or rot. After the easy installation you won’t have to worry about your deck again. PVC is also more scratch resistant, and doesn’t absorb stains. PVC has built in UV protection, which will protect it from sun damage and ensure long lasting color.
Where can I buy these materials?
Enterprise Wood Products, Inc., sells composite, PVC, and real wood decking. You can get Ipe, Western Red Cedar, and other species of wood, along with the largest selection of railings to accompany your new deck. Whatever route you decide to go, we have the materials to make it beautiful. For more information, call us here at Enterprise Wood Products 715-369-5700.
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