Choosing Decking Material

Apr 11, 2016 | Decks

Choosing Decking Material

Whether you are resurfacing an existing deck or building a new one, it is important that you understand the difference among available decking materials. It can be overwhelming choosing decking material but researching options is important so that you are able to choose the one best suited to your outdoor space, your lifestyle, and your budget! Cedarbrook offers natural pressure treated wood deck options, exotic natural wood deck options, low-maintenance capped wood fiber composite deck options from TimberTech and capped polymer products from Azek, as well as other composite offerings from top-line names.

Pressure treated wood is an affordable option. It is easily available and easy to install. Exotic woods like Tigerwood and Ipe are costlier, but deliver a gorgeous finished product with striking visual effect. One of the down sides to wood is that it does have a tendency to crack, split, warp, fade, or mold over time. Wood requires more maintenance to prolong the life and look of the deck. Maintenance for this type of product includes power washing or deck cleaning product and an application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years depending on the quality of the product.

Choosing Decking Material

Pressure treated wood decking

Choosing Decking Material

Tigerwood with an Ipe trim

Capped composite decking material such as TimberTech is a popular choice. Each capped composite has a unique blend of materials such as wood fiber, recycled materials, and a polymer blend. Capped composite boards have a top layer of protective polymer coating. This type of decking takes durability and low maintenance to the next level. Capped composite decking won’t scratch or fade like wood but very closely emulates the same appealing look. Rest assured, this product has earned a green thumb print by recycling old materials into the organic compound. Highly regulated for safety and consistency – and it is also splinter-free!

Choosing Decking Material

Composite decking

Capped polymer decking material such as Azek is made of entirely synthetic plastic material, meaning it does not contain wood or other organic material. This makes it the ultimate high quality decking material. Capped polymer is the most durable, and mold-resistant decking out there, requires almost no maintenance, is stain resistant, scratch resistant, and splinter-free. This type of decking also has an enhanced aesthetic that cannot be found in any other decking material. It is available in a significant range of colors, styles, and wood grains.

Choosing Decking Material

Capped polymer decking

When you embark on a deck building project, you are extending your style and personality into your outdoor space. Recognizing the available types of decking material is essential to building the outdoor living space of your dreams! And remember – contact Cedarbrook to schedule your free outdoor living space consultation!

Talk to the Pro Deck Builders

Cedarbrook is an excellent company with great customer service values. They attempt to do exactly what they say they will do without taking short cuts! The attention to detail is greater with Cedarbrook than 'luxury' home builders. They should have built our current home instead of just the deck/porch and patio.

Ty Butler, Urbana MD