The outdoor space of every home acts as an extension of its interior. As such, it only makes sense that you build or update your deck to boost its value or even provide a peaceful retreat. However, decking can be an especially overwhelming job for homeowners. There are so many decking material options to choose from, all of which have their share of merits and demerits. With so many materials available, it can be difficult to know how to choose the best which decking boards can stand the test of time. It wasn’t so long ago that the only available decking material option was wood, that came in two or three different types. Well, today there is composite lumber, hardwood imports, plastic decking boards and other types of decking options available.
Types of Decking Board Materials
1. Pressure-heated wood
This is one of the least expensive options in the market. The wood material is chemically treated to resist mould, insects, and rot. However, it tends to warp and crack over time, making it need a lot of ongoing maintenance.
Redwood is a natural wood decking material. It is, however, a much rarer material. Thus, fetches a higher price, with the clear grades commanding more money. This is an expensive option as we all know that quality comes with a premium price tag.
This material is available in both lightweight and strong options and can make for a beautiful deck. Being that wood also has naturally occurring oils help to make it resistant to insects and rot. But you still have to protect it from cracks and splinters using stain and sealer.
This is the fastest-growing decking material in the industry right now. They are made using wood fibres and recycled plastics. Thus, don’t splinter or warp and are impervious to rot and insects. They are also virtually maintenance-free and look and feel like actual wood.
5. Tropical hardwood
Most hardwoods are a luxury choice and can last up to 50 years or more. Ipe is one such hardwood, it can be stained with the UV filtered stains to protect the hardwood decking as well as transform the look of the decking to your choice. But you can also use oil-based penetrating sealers that are formulated specifically for tropical decking boards. They are also quite pricey.
This is a strong, weather-resistant material that’s also rust, rot, and insect-proof. It’s also very lightweight and comes in many colours. Its finish is thick with a slip-resistant coating added to it, which makes it maintenance-free. All these features are what makes aluminum decking boards fetch such high prices.
Factors to Consider When Buying Decking Boards
Your home’s design
Of course, you want to have a deck that compliments your entire home. As such, it is crucial to look at the different designs, colour, and finishing of each material before settling on the best option. The design of the railing is also just as important as most manufacturers use different railings like mansion or provincial styles on their materials.
By now, you know that different decking board materials have different price tags. However, when considering the pricing, be sure to factor in the costs of railings, supporting structure, and stairs. Even the planks underfoot are a necessary consideration. If you opt to hire a professional for the job, then ensure to note the cost of labour as well. It’s not cheap to build or repair decking board materials.
Here, you want to look into the decking board features like:
- Resistance to sun and spill.
- Stiffness and rigidity.
- Design options.
Not paying attention to these features can leave you buying the wrong decking boards for your garden decor. And with the prices that these materials fetch, it’s only right that you make this a one-time-purchase.
This article aims to provide you with as much information about different decking materials and options. With it, plus the considerations mentioned below, you should have a better idea of what you want and be more informed to make a buy decision.
Here at Kite Landscapes, we offer a wide range of garden services in local Bracknell and surrounding areas, this includes garden design such as decking design, garden landscaping, as well as all maintenance work around your garden. If you need help with choosing the right decking materials for your outdoor project, please get in touch on 01344 886 331 or 07860 231 389, we are always happy to help.