When it comes to decking, there are two main choices: pressure treated lumber or composite decking.  Once the decking material is selected, there are endless options for railings.

Wooden Decking (Pressure Treated Lumber)

Wooden decks can vary widely in cost. Pine decking is cheap but only lasts for a couple of years before it has to be replaced. Higher quality and harder woods such as teak will be more expensive but will last substantially longer, up to seven years. The main advantage of traditional wood is the aesthetic appeal. Every plank manufactured from natural timber has unique grain and looks wonderfully authentic because of it. Some hardwoods are naturally rot- and insect-resistant and can handle hot, sunny weather very well too. Unfortunately, wood does have disadvantages. Wooden decks require constant maintenance and can warp and rot if not taken care of properly. Wood loses its aesthetics as it ages, bleaches, and begins to deteriorate.

 

Composite Decking

Composite decking is made of a mix of wood fibers (usually obtained from sawdust) and a plastic resin, either polyethylene or PVC. The result is something that looks rather similar to wood, though composite decking with PVC does tend to have a more ‘plastic’ appearance. For a little more

 

 

 

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