A deck is a wonderful addition to your home. An area to entertain, to relax and to enjoy the space you have created. There are many options when it comes to decking material for your home, but FIRST – there are questions you must ask yourself.
- How much maintenance are you willing to do?
- What kind of elements will it need to withstand?
- Is choosing an environmentally conscious material a priority for you?
- How much are you willing to spend?
Wooden decks are just beautiful. They add a warmth to your outdoor living area and look fantastic. Timber for decking comes in many different types and colours, and there is something to suit every budget. From the time old classic pressure treated timber (which is very economical) – to imported tropical hardwoods (they’re imported so obviously not cheap, but very beautiful).
The downside to timber decking is that wood will fade, warp, crack and splinter if not properly cared for. This will mean staining and sealing your deck regularly. Not the most fire resistant of materials so if you live in an area where this is an issue, then probably not the best option for you.
Composite decking materials are made from wood fibre and plastic. (If you are environmentally conscious find a composite that is made from recycled plastic and sawdust by-product)
There is no need to stain and seal composite decks as they come ready to go straight from the manufacturer. Composite decking is designed to mimic the natural grain and finish of wood, they’re not a perfect match yet but are still very good looking. They are a more expensive option in general than natural timber, but they require less maintenance, are easier to install and will usually last longer.
Composite decking usually weathers in the first 6 months, which helps to give it more of a classic wood finish. There are types of composite decking which are fully sealed – making them a great choice for decks surrounding a pool.
Not the first type of material that comes to mind when imagining a deck. Certainly not the warm natural feeling that wood conjures up. Very expensive compared with other types of decking material. BUT… hear me out.
Aluminium decking will not warp, rot, splinter, crack, grow mould or mildew, or peel, and it comes with a slip resistant powder coating finish. Surprisingly, aluminium is actually better than wood at keeping cool in the summer heat which is certainly something to consider in these hot Aussie summers. Tolerates extreme heat and cold well. They are also brilliant as an upper story deck because they will prevent water from dripping down below.
PVC or Synthetic
These materials will not rust or support mould and mildew. This is ideal if you live in a moisture rich environment. It is lighter than wood or composite, making it easier to handle. However, since it needs special fasteners it is harder to install.
They are designed to be scratch and stain resistant and are very low maintenance. This is a material that is designed to withstand a high volume of traffic, so if it is a busy area that you plan on decking, then this might be for you.
Although this type of deck can have a higher initial outlay when building your deck, studies have shown that over 20 years it costs less than a third of the price to maintain than wood.
Are you interested in adding a deck to enhance the outdoor area of your home? Contact us, the decking experts to discuss your options.