Guide to Choosing the Right Decking Material

Whether undergoing a home renovation to repair your deck, or building a new construction home, decking material is an important material selection for your home’s outdoor living space.

There are many choices for decking materials available, it’s just a matter of figuring out the one that best suits your style and needs. Before making the decision, explore the different types of decking materials on the market so that you can make the most informed decision.


Cedar is a high quality, durable decking material that lasts a long time. It’s a desirable decking material for homeowners because of its resistance to rot, decay and attacks by insects. It’s easier to maintain because it’s resistant to moisture absorption, although it will fade to a weathered gray color over time.


Composite is another durable decking material that is easy to maintain, scratch resistant and lasts a long time. Homeowners choose it because of its resemblance to natural wood. One of the only downsides of composite decking material is its high price tag.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is one of the most common types of decking materials. It’s treated with chemicals to ensure it lasts longer, although real wood does require regular maintenance like power washing and sanding.

Natural Wood

On the contrary, if you’re a homeowner who wants to avoid the chemicals in pressure-treated wood, go with natural wood. Natural wood is a bit of a broad category because there are many types of natural wood, all with their own maintenance guidelines, quality and prices, so do your research.

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