Choosing decking materials used to be easy, because there was one choice: wood. It came in a few different species, but apart from that, the choice was simple.
Entertain guests and enjoy your backyard from a deck. Composite, plastic, and other decking materials allow for a range of features, such as slip resistance and flexing.
The majority of decks built today are made of wood. The main reason people choose wood is for the initial cost savings. The main reason people choose composite or manmade deck materials is for the low maintenance required. So what deck material is best for you? There are numerous factors to evaluate before making a decision.
The best looking deck often reflects some architectural elements from the house and uses them in the deck. If you have multiple decks on your home consider using matching handrails and decking material for uniformity.
In addition to these characteristics, vinyl decking material won’t crack, warp or blister from the heat of the sun. It is therefore the best decking material for outdoor use. The durable PVC construction will keep it looking like new and you won’t ever have to paint or stain it.
Plastic Deck Materials. Plastic deck materials are similar to composite, but there is no wood - they are pure plastic. These materials typically cost about 15% more than composite while keeping many of the same characteristics - but not all. Like composite, they offer a very consistent, uniform appearance.