When it comes to building a deck, there are so many features to consider, including the decking material. Twin Cities’ residents may choose a particular material for a deck structure depending on their preferred design and goals, along with their budget constraints. Proper deck planning pay offs when it comes to getting the look you want and ensuring your deck has a long service life. At UglyDeck, we are your source for all things “deck,” including helping you choose the optimum decking material for your deck based on factors relevant to your project.
Consider the following questions before you select a material for your deck.
1. Do I Need to Repair or Replace the Deck?
The choice of decking material may be influence by whether you are repairing or replacing your deck. If you are repairing an existing deck, then you will likely want to use a material that matches the material of your current deck. But if you are replacing your deck, you may choose to go with a new material, perhaps an upgrade in quality from the old deck material.
2. What Type of Materials Do I Want or Need to Use?
Depending on the choice of decking material, Chicago and Twin Cities homeowners will have to provide a certain amount of maintenance. Some materials require little to no maintenance for years and other materials require yearly maintenance. With some decking materials there is a trade-off between durability, appearance, cost, and maintenance requirements. The climate in which you live may also affect the type of material you choose for your deck. Material options for decks can include hardwood, pressure treated lumber, natural woods, composites, and PVC.
3. What Type of Deck Design Do I Want?
Decking material can also be influenced by deck design. If you want a larger than normal sized deck, you may want a deck material that helps lower your costs.
4. What Type of Deck Appearance Do I Want?
The appearance of your deck will be affected considerably by the choice of deck material. Some deck materials, such as wood will provide more of a rustic look, while others, such as aluminum offer a more modern look. Composite deck materials can also provide a modern appearance and are often available in light and dark colors to manage warmth.