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It’s the dream of many homeowners to have an outdoor space for entertaining guests, grilling, and spending time with family. Those who decide to build a deck must first choose a building material.
At one time, nearly all decks were constructed from traditional lumber. Today, consumers have options. Decks may be made from composite or natural wood. Knowing the differences, including advantages and disadvantages, can help you decide which type of deck is right for you.
Decks can be made from different kinds of wood, including cedar, redwood and teak. All natural wood decks need regular maintenance. A stained deck should be refinished every two to three years, while painted wood can last up to five if properly applied.
The secret to a long-lasting finish? Remove the original finish completely before reapplying. Sealer left on the wood may peal at a later time, and can prevent the new finish from adhering. Follow all manufacturer instructions when applying new stain and sealer, or hire an experienced and reputable contractor to do the job for you.
Composite lumber looks similar to wood but even high-end composite decking can still be distinguished from the real thing. Composite is made from materials like resins and wood shavings. It’s popular because it has a reputation for being “maintenance-free.” Although composite is very low maintenance, it still requires regular cleaning to look its best.
Pick Your Decking Material 2020
Do you hate refinishing your wood deck? Do you want to spend more time enjoying your deck and less time maintaining it? Then composite is for you.
Do you love the look, feeling, and smell of real wood? Talk to your contractor about installing a natural wood deck.
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