Are you considering replacing the decking on your Indianapolis deck?
While pressure-treated decking remains the most popular choice when it comes to replacing your decking, there are several other options to choose from, both wood and in composite materials.
Here is a summary, outlining both the pros and cons of each.
- Pressure-treated decking-Still the most popular choice, and affordable in comparison to other options. Needs regular maintenance and sealing to maintain looks. Newer pressure-treated materials contain preservatives that will actively corrode certain metals, especially when wet. Pay special attention to the nails and screws used when attaching pressure-treated decking or any other material used over pressure-treated joist framing.
- Cedar decking-Although more expensive than pressure-treated wood, cedar decking has natural properties that resist insects and moisture. Cedar decking, unfinished, will weather to a rustic look.
- Exotic hardoods-Exotic woods, such as Ipe, are becoming more popular. The most expensive of the wood options, these woods are dense and will last a lifetime. It is suggested to apply sealants to end cuts to prevent checking.
There are two main types of composite decking, those that contain some wood fiber, and those that dont. As well, some composited decking is solid, while other types have hollow spaces in the middle. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
- Advantages – Composite decking will last a lifetime. They are regarded as “mostly” maintenance free as they require no painting, staining or sealing. It is considered a “green” product as it contains recycled materials. Composite decking is more dimensionally stable and resists warping and splintering. Unlike older composite decking, newer varieties mimic the graining in wood, both pressure-treated and cedar as well as fine graining to look like exotic hardwoods.
- Disadvantages – Composite decking costs more when compared to pressure-treated materials. However, the return on investment will be higher as composite decking will last much longer. It is true that newer composite materials claim to resist fading and mold and mildew growth, most still need to be cleaned on a regular basis to look their best.
All in all, the advantages of composite decking far outweigh the disadvantages. Composite decking is a great product and is a “medium” price point option when compared to pressure-treated and exotic hardwood decking.
Be sure to read the warranty, disclaimers and manufacter’s recommened maintenace steps to keep your new composite decking looking at its best.
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