Part of planning a deck is choosing from the many available decking materials. The look and design of your deck surface will depend on the materials you use.
Pressure-treated wood: Wood decking is affordable, highly durable, and customizable. You can choose from cedar to redwood lumber and easily stain or paint to your preference. Maintain wood decks by pressure-washing and regularly staining and sealing.
Composite Decking: Made from both plastic and wood, composite decking allows you the best of both worlds. It’s scratch-resistant and easy to maintain. Composite is also resistant to termites and warping. Although it costs more than wood decking, composite can be cleaned with a hose and doesn’t need to be stained or sealed.
PVC Decking: One of the most low-maintenance options, PVC boards are an all-plastic material that will not scratch, crack, or splinter. They also won’t require stain, paint, or sealant and are pest and termite-resistant. You shouldn’t pressure wash PVC, but you can easily clean it with soap and water.