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The Best Material Options for Decks

Nothing beats unwinding on your deck, sipping wine or a cocktail, and reflecting after a long day's work.

While thinking about the quality time you can spend on your deck, many other activities come to mind. However, thoughts of the deck that will be used are rarely considered.

Not to worry, because this article will provide sufficient information on the types of the deck to use based on your budget, aesthetic preferences, and maintenance requirements.

Pressure Treated Lumber

Currently the most commonly used decking material, pressure treated wood offers longevity as it has been chemically treated with insecticides to prevent rot and decay. Another advantage of this material is its accessibility; it is readily available and generally simple to work with.

If you don't like the natural look of the wood, you can use a stain to change its appearance. Sanding down the wood a few months before staining is usually recommended because it benefits the wood and makes it look nice.

Although pressure-treated wood can last for decades, it requires a lot of upkeep to avoid splitting, cracking, and warping.

Composite Decking

As the name suggests, composite decking is made from different materials, primarily wood fibers and recycled polyethylene. If you’re looking for something with a wood look that requires less maintenance and lasts longer than wood, composite is the material for you.

Aside from its durability, composite decking also comes in an array of colors allowing you to pick any color to match the overall theme and color of your house. Water does not penetrate composite decking. This makes this material an excellent choice for wet weather areas.

While composite decking is treated for fire resistance, it, like plastic and wood, can melt at high temperatures. Although the price varies depending on the manufacturer and color, it is generally expensive.

Cedar Decking

Cedarwood is a lightweight yet strong natural wood with beautiful rich color that remains unmatched.

It contains natural tannins and naturally occurring oils making it resistant to insects, rot, and decay. If you decide to go for cedarwood as your decking material, you must use heartwood, not soapwood which is more susceptible to rot within a year.

PVC Decking

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a maintenance-free decking material that comes in various grades, the majority of which are long-lasting. PVC is made entirely of plastic, making it resistant to warping, splitting, rot, and infestation.

PVC also comes in various colors, including white, gray, and brown, as well as patterns that resemble wood. Because there is no wood content, there is no need for sanding, staining, or painting.


Hardwood is another excellent decking material. Hardwood is one of the best decking woods because it lasts the longest and provides benefits that pressure-treated wood doesn't. It resists rot, cracking, and warping naturally.

At Goliath Exteriors, we have seasoned expertise in constructing decks with a reputation for quality and durability. Get a free estimate today, and let's get started on your dream deck!

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