There are many options when it comes to adding hardscape features to your landscape. This blog series will focus on a different landscape feature each time and will help you determine the best materials to use for each type of project. In this first blog of the series, we will explore the different options for decking materials. There are many options, and this article should help you make a more informed choice when you are ready to pick your materials.
Out of all the options available, wood is the most traditional deck material. In general, wood is the least expensive option in the lineup and provides the most natural look. Sunny days won’t be as much of a problem with wood as it does not absorb as much heat as the other choices. On the downside, wood is the material that requires the most maintenance to ensure longevity. Additionally, availability and price are subject to change based on where you live.
Composites are made from a mixture of plastics and recycled wood materials. People choose composite decking for its durability, weight, and overall low maintenance needs. Although looks have come a long way, composites still have a reputation for looking “fake.” Over time, age will show and without proper reinforcement composite decks are subject to sagging. Another thing to consider is the price which can be 60-70% more than traditional wood decking.
One of the best parts about plastic decking is the environmental aspect. Much of the material is made with other recycled plastics. This material will stand the test of time and requires little maintenance. Color fade was once a factor; however, production methods have come a long way in preventing this eyesore of a problem. Negatives of this material include a need for extra structural support and its un-natural look. Additionally, unlike wood, this type of decking is extremely hot when under direct sunlight and can make the space unusable.
When choosing which materials to use for your deck, it is important to weigh the pros and cons and choose which material is best for your specific situation. For more information about decking materials, please give us a call. The professionals at Graham Landscape & Design are here to make sure you have the tools to make the best decision for your home. 541-729-8029
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