When choosing to build a new deck, you have one very important decision to make. And the problem is that there is no right or wrong answer. So what is this decking conundrum? Well, it is a debate that has been raging since the dawn of time…ok, more like the early to mid 1990’s. Still, it is a hotly debated topic.
What is better, wood decks or low maintenance decks? To find out, we must first look at each decking material individually, starting with wooden decks.
For traditionalists, wood decking is the only way to go. There is just something about the look of a freshly stained wood deck that will send shivers down your spine. And there are several advantages to wood decking.
All wood decks are framed with pressure treated lumber which helps prevent decay and termite damage. Flooring options include 2×6 Pressure treated southern pine, cedar and Ipe decking.
Benefits of Wood Decking
• Most affordable decking material
• Makes a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing deck
• All wood decks come with a 5 year limited warranty on workmanship and material
• Easily customizable with different colored paints and stains
Low Maintenance Decking
A newer trend in the decking industry, low maintenance decks provide a less stressful decking experience for homeowners. While the deck frame is still constructed with pressure treated lumber, the flooring and railings are PVC or vinyl – providing a unique look that requires considerably less maintenance than wood decking. There are several other advantages to low maintenance decking, as well.
Benefits of Low Maintenance Decking
• Low maintenance: We just thought we would drive this point home
• PVC and vinyl will never rot, warp or splinter
• PVC and vinyl do not require staining and sealing
• Strong and durable
• Available in an array of colors
As we said before, there is no right or wrong answer. Both decking options provide a great way to add both beauty and value to your home. But at least now you know a little more about each decking material to make a well-informed decision.
If you have any questions, please contact Freedom Fence and Home by calling 443-271-6841 or visit our website.
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With 40 years of experience, Freedom Fence and Home has provided the highest quality fence and decking materials to its many residential and commercial clients throughout in Baltimore, Maryland and Harford county as well many residential clients in Baltimore county and Baltimore city.