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Wood Deck Materials
Pine – This is a softwood that grows fast and is easy to work with. Because of its availability, it is generally affordable. However, this type of wood will need a lot of maintenance as it will require stain or paint on a yearly basis. Pine is not a good choice for areas that get a lot of snow and cold weather.
Mahogany – This hardwood is beautiful to look at, with a rich color, tight grain, and free of knots. It resists rotting and splintering. It requires regular maintenance with a good, penetrating oil.
Redwood – This type has a straight grain wood and is red in color. It is considered durable and weather-resistant when compared to many other types. If you are located east of California, however, it may cost you a bit more for shipping.
Cedar – This type of wood is naturally resistant to rotting and insects. However, it has a tendency to splinter and may be considered too soft for the floor of your deck. It may be better used for the railing or other parts of your structure that will not get as much use.
IPE – This is a Brazilian hardwood that is resistant to rotting, harsh weather, and insects. It stays cool in hot climates because it does not retain heat. Along with that, it does not scratch or splinter easily, making it ideal for high traffic areas. It does require regular maintenance to maintain its rich color and resistant properties.
Composite Wood Decks
There is a variety of composite material available for decks. Some types contain more actual wood than others, therefore requiring more maintenance. There are materials that contain a polymer shield that is resistant to mold and mildew. Most composites are rich looking and tolerate all types of weather well. They are generally scratch and stain resistant. These types generally cost more initially because of their special qualities. You will likely save money in the long run because you will not need to perform as much regular maintenance as per the other types of wood.
You want your deck to be a good investment with the consideration of your budget and the time that you can set aside for maintenance. If something costs more now, it may cost you less in maintenance later. If it costs less now, you may spend more in time and money for maintenance over the years. Choose the wood or composite material that will best fit your needs today as well as down the road.
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