When deciding whether to use wood or composite decking for your new deck, there are many pros/cons to weigh for each. Wood decking materials are generally more cost-effective than their composite counterparts, and wood also offers a more natural appearance which may better suit your home. You should also consider the fact that wood generally requires a bit more maintenance over the life of your deck. While treated, sanded cedar, and redwood are our most common options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have interest in any other custom materials.

Treated

If you’re drawn to the look of a wood deck, and longevity is your top priority, treated lumber is the way to go. Due to a special chemical treatment, this lumber effectively resists water over time, preventing your deck from being afflicted by rot. Another added benefit of the treatment is that it repels insects (like termites) that can cause significant damage over time, limiting your maintenance and replacement costs. And, speaking of costs, treated lumber is generally a more budget-friendly choice as compared to cedar and redwood.

Sanded Cedar

There are many benefits of cedar decking that make it an outstanding material to use for deck construction. In addition to its eye-catching appearance, cedar is also naturally resistant to rot, insects, and water (due to oils in the wood), meaning you’ll get more life out of your deck as compared to some materials. Cedar also ages gracefully, turning a wonderful color over time, which provides an added benefit of not needing to regularly apply stains. And of course, who can resist that unique, cedar aroma?

Redwood

Redwood decking is chosen by many due to its charming, red color, which can add a slightly rustic appearance to your home’s exterior. Over time, its natural color changes to a gorgeous silver/grey, but if you want to maintain its red color, an annual coat of waterproofing sealant can extend its original appearance. Redwood is considered a long-lasting, budget-friendly material as compared to other outdoor building materials, and, like cedar, it naturally repels damage causing insects (like termites).