Planning to build a deck?  The first thing you need to think about is the type of material you want to use. Decking materials come in a variety of options that will allow you to build any style of deck you want. However, there is always more consider when choosing a decking material than simply aesthetics.

To give you an idea on what to look for when finding the perfect decking materials to use, here are the qualities you should consider:

Appearance

Knowing what you want your deck to look like will help you choose what type of decking material you need. For wooden decks, choose woods that offer the wood tone that you want for your deck. If you cannot find exactly what you’re looking for, staining is also an option.  In addition, you should also consider how your wood deck will look a few years down the line. Real wood offers long-lasting beauty as long as it is maintained properly through sealing and finishing. Composite woods, on the other hand, easily fade in color.

Features

Aside from the appearance of your deck, you should also think about innate features of your decking materials.  Is the particular material subject to damage and rot?  Will it last a long time, even after several winters and summers?  Good decking materials are those that are not easily prone to constant repair and replacement. When your deck is in good condition, you can enjoy its beauty and functionality without constant maintenance.

Value

Is your investment worthy of what your decking material can offer you?  Keep in mind that, in addition to what it contributes to your properly value, the value of your deck is also measured by its longevity. So, if your deck serves you for several years with minimal maintenance and repair, it is a good value. However, if color easily fades or the materials are prone to damage and rotting after only a few years, then think twice before making an investment.

Function

What better way to evaluate decking materials than by their level of functionality?  Of course, if a particular decking material does not work for you and for your home, then you may want to automatically eliminate it. But, from the options that remain after your initial cut, you would be wise to give strong consideration to those that will be able to best withstand your regular regional climate the longest.

Added Considerations

Another fact to consider when choosing decking material is how eco-friendly it is.  Reclaimed wood is a perfect example of a decking material that do not only offer beauty and functionality, but that is also environmentally friendly.  If you decide to explore reclaimed wood options for your deck, Superior Hardwood can provide you with a large variety of wood species, durability levels, and colors. You can guarantee the authenticity of the wood’s sourcing and also that it will serve you well for years to come.

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