It goes without saying that your deck should be attractive, smooth, safe,
and free of splinters or other defects. While decking has
traditionally been made out of wood, there are now a number of synthetic
materials out on the market that resemble wood. Whether you have a
large budget or a small one, there is a material out there that is perfect
for your deck.
Many different types of wood are ideal for decking, including redwood,
cedar, cypress, pressure treated, and Ipe. Regardless of what kind
of wood you use, most wood turns a silver/gray color when exposed to
the weather. For this reason, it's always a good idea to treat your
deck with a clear sealer every year.
Redwood is a soft wood with a reddish hue and a small, uniform
grain. Naturally resistant to rot and decay, it is also a good grade
of wood for painting. Cedar is another popular wood for decks.
It is cream and brown in color, and has some knots. Cedar is light
in weight and is also naturally resistant to rot and decay. Cypress
is another rot-free and decay-free wood, typically available in the
South. It is a soft wood and features a varied grain pattern.
Pressure-treated wood is another good choice, as it is very strong and
less expensive than other woods. Pressure-treated wood is chemically
treated, which turns the wood brown or green, but the wood can easily be
painted. Ipe is a tropical hardwood that is coming into style.
While it is very expensive and difficult to work with, the attraction of
Ipe lies in the fact that it resists insects and the elements, and has the
same fire rating as concrete or steel. Ipe is dark brown in color.
Several kinds of synthetic decking are also available. People are
attracted to synthetic decking because it is maintenance-free.
Synthetic decking can be plastic, vinyl, or made of composite or rubber
Features innovative decking and railing products that
are made from a unique combination of reclaimed wood and plastic.
Because these products are durable and low-maintenance, you may actually
have more time to enjoy your deck. www.Trex.com
This Ohio firm offers a revolutionary decking material
that uses cellulose materials, wood fiber, and virgin polyethylene.
Their patented process provides a non-skid, splinter-free surface
that does not require staining, sealing, or painting. www.TimberTech.com
Epoch offers EverGrain composite wood decking that is
uniquely created through a compression-molding process, producing a deep,
lasting grain. This process creates decking and railing systems
that truly look like wood, while featuring all the great benefits
of composite decks and rails. www.EverGrain.com
Green Bay Decking offers a state-of-the-art decking and railing system
that consists of matching boards, railings, posts, balusters, end caps,
fascia board, post caps, post base trim, and hand rail collars. www.GreenBayDecking.com