Windows 101April 21, 2020
Deck Material OptionsMay 19, 2020
Years ago, most decks were made from pressure treated lumber, and a well-maintained deck would last about 15 years. Today, decks can be made from different kinds of materials, and may last for decades if properly maintained.
The type of material you choose for your deck will have a lasting impact on its durability and how easy it is to maintain. Asking the right questions and exploring the answers thoroughly can help you choose a deck that you’ll love for a long time to come.
Which deck material should I choose?
The two options include composite decking versus natural wood. Natural wood decking has warmth and beauty, and because it’s a natural material, homeowners are drawn to wood. Composite decking is more modern and much longer-lasting. Composite decking a good investment for a homeowner who wants a deck that will stand the test of time.
How much maintenance is wood vs. composite decking?
Natural wood must be refinished every three to five years, depending on the stain or sealer that protects it. Wood decking material that goes unfinished for a long time will easily rot and must be replaced.
Composite decking is made from materials like resins and wood shavings. It’s very durable and doesn’t ever need to be refinished. Good quality composite decking will last for decades with minimal maintenance and regular cleaning.
What kind of railings?
Deck railings can be made from many materials, including glass, iron, composite decking and wood. Glass provides an excellent view, but must be cleaned often. Wood railings are affordable, but need regular refinishing. Metal railings are growing in popularity and come in a variety of styles. Visit our showroom to see examples of your options in each of these categories.
Seek Deck Design Assistance from Von Tobel
Customers love the variety of decking material available at Von Tobel. They also particularly appreciate the deck design assistance offered to homeowners. Stop in to talk through you deck design ideas and project goals. Our trained staff can walk you through your options and answer questions throughout your project.