Deck Material Comparison

There are many types of synthetic boards you may use for decking materials or you can choose wood materials that will last for many years. More durable woods like ipe can be oiled annually to preserve the natural wood grain and stability. Consider the overall quality, wear, and durability of your deck choice.

Composite decks. Composite decking is an eco-friendly material, consisting of fusing plastics and wood into outdoor boards. Vinyl decking is composed of entirely plastic material and is less problematic concern mildew growth. Trex escapes offers composite decking as, pre-weathered wood for decks and patios. Most composite decks will show signs of wear and tear such as scratches in the material and fading of original color.

You will have to spend more time maintaining the overall appearance of your deck and the boards will not stay in pristine condition forever. There have been a number of lawsuits in the past twenty years regarding faulty decking products. Be sure to research the company and warranty information before purchasing any composite decking. Most composite decking should be pressure washed with a mild soap and water treatment. You may use harsh chemicals for a more thorough cleaning, but be careful to spot treat instead of allowing chemicals to runoff into your landscape.

Ipe and other natural woods. Using natural wood allows the homeowner to have more consistency with the overall aging process and upkeep of the material. For example, the wood can be sanded, refurbished, and oiled to be kept looking like new. The wear and tear look of natural wood is not as visibly an eye sore compared with composite decking. Ipe wood has a greater durability and lower maintenance requirements. The USDA rated Ipe wood as being "very resistant to decay, attack of fungi and termites." Ipe changes to a nice light gray weathered look when left untreated in the sunlight. Over time the wood may show use of wear, but can be power washed to the original appearance. Ipe is an excellent wood that is rot and pest resistant.

Keep in mind how often you would like to maintain your flooring material and overall visual appeal. You may make a different choice based upon longevity as well as maintenance. Contact your local landscape design and installation company for availability and pricing on outdoor deck materials.