Here’s are the top things to consider when building a new deck. Today we discuss deck materials. Go here to read Atlanta Curb Appeal’s part 1 of our series about initial considerations when building a new deck.
When choosing material for your deck, is there a right or wrong choice?
Does your family have large or narrow budget?
What size and shape will suit your family needs?
Here is an overview of the materials typically used for building new decks:
Cedar Decks: This wood has been a popular choice for decks in Marietta, East Cobb and Buckhead for several decades. It is available in both a sap (knotty) and heartwood grade (clear kiln dried). Left untreated it will eventually turn silvery gray and then to a very dark brown. Decks made from cedar need to be thoroughly sealed to protect it from the elements. The lifespan of a cedar deck is between a 10 to 15 years in the South but performs much better in other parts of the country. It is resistant to decay, but relatively soft and quick to weather. Preservative treatment/sealing is recommended.
Hardwood Decks: These include products such as, Ironwood, Mahogany, and Epee. These exotic hardwoods are popular for their toughness and durability. They do not require a maintenance program to keep them looking good. If a protective stain is not used they will turn an attractive silver color, but still need to be cleaned to ward off algae growth.
These hardwoods cost more, but seem to be durable and look very nice. If you wish to keep the rich beauty of your exotic hardwood deck, you will have a good bit of routine maintenance, either yearly or sometimes twice a year. Keep this in mind when budgeting your new deck project.
Pressure-Treated Decking: The idea behind pressure treated wood is to make it last longer and keep your deck from rotting. After all, decks can be a significant investment, so who wants to be replacing them every 10-15 years?
Since pressure treated wood was first invented, significant improvements have been made to keep it from fading, warping and twisting. Today, there are better grades available, added preservatives as well as stains and sealers that all add to your deck’s lifespan.
It is available in nearly every lumber outlet – in various grades and in common lumber dimensions plus 5/4 (spoken five-quarter) decking profiles.
Composite Decking: This is a low maintenance product that was introduced in the 90’s. The material has evolved and improved over years and is now mainly made from PVC. Decks made from composite material are often seen on commercial properties.
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