Deck Building Decisions: Wood or Plastic?

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Deck Building Decisions: Wood or Plastic?

While your ultimate goal may be to have a comfortable, cozy and beautiful deck that can act as a sanctuary for your in the cool summer evenings, all of it comes after smart decisions.

If you’re planning to build a deck in your home, you have to consider few things before anything else. Attention to detail is the key to build the deck of your dreams.

You will have various options for material ranging from different types of wood and plastic. However, it is important to choose the one that gives you the most benefit in terms of longevity, quality, and value for money, and safety. In addition, the type of material you choose will determine construction costs and maintenance costs in the following years.

Here are some of the factors that can help you make better decision about the material of your deck:

1. Location

While you’re deciding on the type of material you want to choose for your deck, it is important to ask yourself this question: will the deck be exposed to direct sunlight or will it be in a shaded area surrounding by plants and trees? A plastic deck is not very suitable for areas with hot climate; as the weather gets hot, it becomes hard to walk barefoot on a plastic deck. On the contrary, a wooden deck is lighter and doesn’t absorb heat. The best woods for hot climates are cedar, teak and yellow pine.

Takeaway: Wooden decks are better for hot climates.

2. Repair Cost

Regardless of the type of material you opt for your deck, wear and tear of the material is inevitable. However, the repair costs can vary a lot depending on the material. Plastic decks have high maintenance costs as clearing mold and mildew from it is quite tricky, while it’s easier to repair a wooden deck from mildew or mold problem. Other than that, plastic decks require frequent overhaul as compared to wooden decks that don't need maintenance for the first 12 to 16 months.

Takeaway: Plastic decks are high maintenance. Wooden decks are maintenance friendly.

3. Construction Cost

The construction costs for a wooden deck is half of a plastic deck. Wood is a natural resource; it's strong and sturdy, so doesn't require extra support to build a structure. On the other hand, plastic is not that firm or strong. Therefore, it requires extra materials to build a plastic deck with a strong base. All of this extra material cost adds up if you choose a plastic deck.

Takeaway: A wooden deck definitely gives you good value for money.

The Third Kind – Composite Decking

A combination of wood and plastic, composite decks are becoming popular. The solid and sturdiness of the wood, along with a thin layer of plastic, is said to protect the deck for a long time and enhances the longevity of the deck. In addition, a composite deck is easier to install and more durable. While composite decking may be easier to install, the price tag attached to it is quite high.

Wooden Decks are Popular, Inexpensive and Durable

Most homes today still prefer wooden decks due to; low construction and maintenance costs, cool temperature in hot summers, and durability. To make sure you get a beautiful deck that is secure for you, your family and pets, choose the right deck builders or deck replacement company.

Author Bio:

Alan Alaxandar is a writer with experience in writing for small businesses. Find Alan on TwitterFacebook, and on Google+.

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Topics: Building Green, Flooring, Going Green, Home Design & Plans, Lumber and Structured Panels, Maintenance & Repair, Remodeling



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