Hardwood Decking Picking The Right Type For You
When it comes to home improvements, many find that adding hardwood decking will not only add value to one’s home, but it can also add another wonderful space that the whole family can enjoy. In many ways, finding a good fit for decking is much like having an extra room added on, and is often considered as much when it comes time to selling one’s home later on.
Knowing what type of material to use for decking, whether or not it’s the right fit for your needs and the environment in which it will be used in can be difficult overall, but with a little research, you can better prepare yourself in finding the best fit for you. Some things to think about, however, are the long-lasting benefits of the material, durability, price, and also resistance to the elements of the environment in which you live in.
Pressure-treated yellow pine is the most popular type of decking used, because of its durability, cost-effectiveness and longevity. It is said that pine will last up to about fifteen years with proper care and water treatment every 2 years. One can also choose to purchase pretreated wood for a little less maintenance. Cost can vary depending on the area, but can run about $2 per square foot and often at $10 to $15 dollars for installation.
Two types of wood that do not require any chemical treatment are redwood and cedar, as they naturally possess resistance toward rotting and bug infestation. Due to this, they can generally be left to go untreated all together, though cedar doesn’t always do well in excessively moist environments. Both types of would are considered a bit expensive, running at about $5 per square foot.
Composite decking is a special blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic, which may appeal to many green-goers and can be low maintenance. Composite wood is resistant toward bugs and UV damage, but can fade at times or appear somewhat plastic or fake-looking to some people. Average price is about $3 dollars per square foot, but installation can be a little bit more due to smaller joist spacing being required.
Tropical hardwood decking is considered to be as strong and just as lovely as oak, and much more durable than cedar. Its main appeal, however, is its ability to last up to forty years when it is properly taken care of. It is also resistant against bug and rotting naturally. Due to needing pre-drilled holes installed before installation, the price is a little but more, but many find it worth it because of its longevity.
Vinyl decking requires little to no treatment or sealing and comes with everything necessary for installation. It’s low maintenance, but can at times grow brittle and week, as well as have potential problems in fading. It is considered on the more expensive side, so it may not fit everyone’s price point, but many find the low maintenance to be well worth it.
It’s always good to know what types of hardwood decking materials will fit your needs, financially and with how you plan to use it, as well as the environment around you. By asking local outfits who professionally install decks or that of home improvement stores, you can gain advice that can help you with weeding out what might be the most beneficial to you.