Best Materials for long lasting decks

Your outdoor deck needs to be built to last to properly to secure your investment in your outdoor renovation. A deck that is strong and durable will save you money in the long run, as well as work to provide your family and guests with a relaxing, placid outdoor living area.

When you are planning to undergo outdoor construction, it’s important to not only keep the design of the deck in the top of your mind, but also the quality of the materials for a long-term outdoor deck. To help you make certain that your deck is built and properly maintained to last for a long time, as it should, you can read below to find out the best materials and maintenance for a long-lasting deck.

Composite Decking

Composite decking material is a combination of wood and plastic that features a comfortable visual appeal, while maintaining an ability to stand up to the elements for a long lifeline. Unlike completely wood decks, the plastic inside of the composite material doesn’t require any staining or sealing to keep it looking brand new. Just like that of aluminum decking, composite materials do a fantastic job of standing up to the elements and keeping your deck in prime condition throughout rain, winter and excruciating heat. The slip-resistant and splinter-free benefits of composite decks are also important factors to consider when looking for a new deck. 

Wood Decking

Wood decking is a broad term, since there are multiple options that you can choose from. Depending on where you are in the world, different wood is available to you. But wood is a beautiful material that suits most outdoor patios, and the right wood can provide you with a long-lasting deck that you can depend on and be satisfied with. Pine and cedar are strong materials, but the strongest wood for your deck is either mahogany or Ipe. These two deck materials provide a durable foundation while still being visually appealing. Mahogany and Ipe are heavy woods that aren’t prone to splitting or cracking. These woods also don’t require as much upkeep as other types of wood.

Deck building for a long lasting deck

Wood Deck Maintenance

A wood deck is the most cost-friendly of all the deck materials, but additional maintenance is required to keep its clean finish and to keep its durability for years to come. Thoroughly cleaning your wood deck with a standard wood deck cleaner throughout the year is important, but the most important factor to increase its life and its value is covering it with a seal after each season. A seal – or stain – will help to keep your wood deck’s rich color and grain, while also preparing it for natural elements such as snow or rain. With the proper care, your wood deck can be a long-lasting deck that increases the overall value of your home.

Your outdoor deck or outdoor patio should be a long-lasting feature of your home. Selecting the right materials before your outdoor renovation is important, so you can contact Paul Construction LLC to learn more about what the right deck materials would be for your specific outdoor construction.