When it comes to building a wood deck, one of the most important decisions homeowners will make is choosing the material, the desired color, and features to incorporate into the overall design. There are two primary options: lumber and composite decking material. Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and it’s important to weigh these factors before making a decision. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of each option.
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Here we’ll cover some pros and cons of lumber decking material.
Here we’ll cover some pros and cons of composite decking material.
Ultimately, the decision between lumber and composite decking comes down to your personal preferences. In short, pressure-treated lumber is less expensive and requires more maintenance than composite decking material. Composite decking material is more expensive but likely less in the long-term if considering maintenance over time as part of the cost. Lastly, we recommend visiting completed projects of both to experience the look and feel of all options, colors, and different design features that can be incorporated. Here at Solid Structures, we specialize in proper consultation and design to ensure your deck installation investment compliments your existing home, lifestyle, and entertaining preferences.
Scott Prunty is the president of Solid Structures. Throughout his 15 active years in the Design-Build Outdoor Living industry, he has earned various certifications in the areas of ICPI Residential, ICPI Advanced Residential, ICPI Commercial, PCIP, and is an ICPI certified instructor.