Understanding the Differences between Treated Lumber, Composite, and PVC Deck Building Materials

Gone are the days when all decks were created equal and built with wooden planks. Deciding to build a deck today can be overwhelming when you think about all the options available in building materials and you must choose one. Learning a little bit about the most common decking materials can help you select the one that will work best for the type of deck you plan to build.

Pressure-treated lumber

Once a standard for decking, pressure-treated lumber is wood that is injected with chemicals to slow deterioration, which makes it a better choice than untreated lumber. However, over time the wood will eventually begin to age and break down. Pressure-treated lumber looks nice but does not allow much room for variety, as most pressure-treated wood looks similar in appearance.

You will need to seal the deck initially and again after a few years to provide added protection against the elements and mildew. Wood decking should be swept regularly, and spot cleaned as needed to keep it looking its best.

Composite decking

Manufactured with a combination of wood fibers and synthetic material, composite decking is a popular choice for building decks today. The decking boards look similar to natural wood, which adds beauty to a deck without the hassle of maintenance required with pressure-treated lumber. There is no need to seal composite decking and debris can be easily washed off with a simple cleaning solution and water.

Available in a wide range of colors, you can easily create a deck to match your home. Composite decking is durable, will not warp, and is resistant to mildew.

PVC decking

Made entirely with synthetic materials, PVC decking is a great choice if you want a deck that will stand the test of time. Since it contains no wood fibers, it is even more durable than composite decking. There is no need to worry about damage from water, mildew, or insects boring into your deck.

PVC decking is a great choice if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain. Its durability is hard to beat, and the maintenance is minimal and only requires washing when needed with mild soap and water.

Once you understand the differences between the common decking materials, it will be easier to choose the one best suited for the type of deck you wish to build. They are all great for creating beautiful and functional decking but when you take your lifestyle into consideration you can narrow down the options and choose what will work well for you.

To learn more, contact a decking service in your area such as Oswald Wholesale Lumber.