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Choosing the Perfect Material for Your Deck Design Ideas

by angelinagarcia

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Mindful planning and execution is required for a homeowner to come up with good outdoor deck design ideas. Just as it is for your home interior, the material you choose for your outdoor house renovation will make a significant difference on how the project will look and feel, how much it will cost, and how long it will last. Below are preferred choices for decking materials.

Pressure-treated wood

Pressure-treated wood is typically made from fir, pine, and spruce trees, and is perhaps the most common decking material in North America. To create pressure-treated wood, ordinary wood is infused with waterborne chemical chemicals that are forced into the product by pressurization. The preservatives help protect the wood from fungal decay and infestation of termites and other pests.

Cedar wood

Cedar is a naturally beautiful decking material that requires no staining or painting to boost its visual appeal. It's also naturally resistant to weather damages including mold buildup, decaying because of moisture, mildew growth, heavy UV exposure and warping. The natural oils in the wood shield it from pest problems. All these mean that a cedar deck is sturdier than other wood varieties and can last much longer, too.


Vinyl products have been around for several years. It wasn't till just recently when manufacturers used this material commonly used for siding, soffit, and trim, and shaped it into deck parts that form an essentially maintenance-free outdoor structure. Although vinyl decking comes in a limited color palette of gray, tan, and white, there is no need to stain or paint them.

Composite decking

Most composite decking is created from a mixture of recycled wood and plastic. It's more pricey than cedar, but once it's mounted, it will not splinter, rot, or twist. For a more natural appearance, look for composite decking products that replicate wood. Several composite brands also have a wood grain texture for much better grip.

Choosing the best materials to realize your excellent outdoor kitchen design ideas and your deck will take some time. Compare what is readily available in your location and take into account the advantages and disadvantages of each material and your finances. For pointers on how to construct a deck, check out

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