Selecting Tips For Decking Materials
Building a deck adds value and outdoor living space to your home. There are few choices when it comes to the concrete anchors a deck requires, but the number of choices available in decking material is staggering. You have some general options when choosing decking materials for your home: wood materials and composite materials. Wood is the most commonly used of all decking materials because it is generally easy to work with and is inexpensive when compared to some other types of materials. Composite materials are relatively new additions to the market, and they often combine wood fibers with plastics and other synthetic materials. Sometimes the boards can be made exclusively with these synthetic materials, eschewing wood to avoid decay or rot. A third and far less common option is aluminum.
A variety of plastics and PVC vinyl are used to create alternative decking materials at a lower price than composites or aluminum. However, many of these products lack strength and become brittle after sun exposure. If you’ve chosen plastic as your decking material, find the best brand by looking for PET, HDPE or LDPE plastics. These are recycled materials that do not create excess pollution the way PVC vinyl does. Recycled plastics are also stronger and more durable than vinyl decking.