Are you thinking about adding a deck to your home? A deck adds value and makes your home more enjoyable. Let’s look at the pros and cons of various types of decking materials. 

Tropical Hardwood

Pros: These types of wood are hard and durable. Tropical woods are resistant to issues like insect invasions and rotting. Tropical hardwoods are considered a luxury option. 

Cons: These woods are expensive, typically costing anywhere between $8 and $12 per square foot. It’s hard to drill holes in tropical hardwood because of its density. Use a UV-blocking wood preservative every three years. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a silvery color caused by the elements.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pros: Almost three-quarters of all decks are made with this kind of wood. It’s chemically-treated to keep insects, mold, and rot from becoming a problem. It doesn’t cost as much as other types of decking materials. 

Cons: Pressure-treated wood requires annual maintenance and may warp or crack as it ages. 

Types of Decking Materials: Concrete

Pros: Concrete is easy to keep clean and maintain. It provides a modern, versatile, and practical option. 

Cons: It gets hot when exposed to the sun. You might not like the character of concrete when compared to other types of decking materials, but it works well for industrial-style homes. 

Redwood

Pros: Redwood is a popular choice because it has a nice color and rustic character. It provides a warm, natural look to your deck. 

Cons: Redwood isn’t as readily available as other options. This is especially true in the eastern parts of the United States. This lack of availability means it’s more expensive. Redwood will cost around $6 to $8 per square foot. You’ll need to add a finish to redwood and power wash it annually. 

Composite Types of Decking Materials

Pros: These materials are made from recycled plastics and wood fibers. Composites are gaining in popularity over recent years. The artificial nature of these types of decking materials means they aren’t affected by insects or rot. They won’t splinter or warp either. There isn’t much maintenance required. 

Cons: If composites remain wet or damp, mold and mildew will grow. The price tag is on the higher end. Expect to pay $7 to $10 per square foot.

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