When it comes to outdoor renovations, decking is generally one of the most commonly completed projects. Finding the best decking materials is important. It is extremely easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to shopping for decking materials, contrary to common belief, the list of different decking supplies is endless and you can find yourself feeling lost on what material will be the best fit for your project. There are a few factors that should be thought of when it comes to planning out your deck and the materials that will be needed as well as best suited.
For Decks that will be in the sun you want to be sure to get a material that won’t roast in the heat. The worst thing to do would be to choose a material that doesn’t stay cool and will burn your feet as soon as you step outside. If you are planning a deck for the summer, or live in a sunny area, try using plastic or aluminum decking materials as they are known for not only staying cooler in the sunshine and heat but are also less likely to show fading and sun damage prematurely.
For Decks that will hold well and provide great longevity even with pets running around, vinyl is generally the number one choice. Vinyl decking is extremely durable and won’t show scratches or dents from pets. It is a little bit on the more expensive end, but with its durability, your vinyl decking will outlive nearly every other option on the market.
For Decks that will be subject to heavy rainfall or even snow, you want to be sure that you are using a moisture-resistance material to avoid potential rot damage. PVC (polyvinyl chloride/vinyl) decking is perfect for decks that may be subject to a lot of water or moisture and will allow you to enjoy your deck worry-free. PVC decking does give off a more plastic appearance but has evolved within the last few years to provide a more wood grain appearance to create a more enjoyable aesthetic to homeowners.
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When it comes to Pool Decks they should not only be water-resistant, but should be durable and provide as much grip as possible to help avoid slipping. The best materials to hit all of these boxes are either poured concrete or cement pavers. Cement pavers are a great option if you want a more intricate design feature. While other materials such as PVC are water-resistant, they do not have the same durability and slip resistance as poured concrete/pavers which could cause more poolside accidents.
If you are planning on adding a deck of any kind to your home and want advice on what materials to use, want to set up a consultation, or have any questions, feel free to contact our office at any time.