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What Material Do I Use for My Low-Maintenance Decking?

What Material Do I Use for My Low-Maintenance Decking?

Learn about different low-maintenance decking choices and see which one is best for you.

Having a deck on your property opens your home up to many possibilities. They can be designed to fit whatever needs you want your deck to serve. You can give yourself a peaceful oasis away from the stresses of your everyday life. You could entertain guests outdoors and give yourself a venue to host parties. A less enjoyable aspect of many decks is the maintenance that goes into keeping them looking nice.

Fortunately, there are decking options that don’t require a lot of upkeep. There are two low-maintenance decking options that are most popular among consumers: plastic or PVC decking and composite decking. Each decking option has benefits and shortcomings, and depending on what you want from your deck, the material you want your deck built from can change. Learn about different low-maintenance decking choices and see which one is best for you.

Plastic or PVC Decking

Plastic and PVC decking is a versatile low-maintenance decking solution that is made from polyvinyl chloride, one of the most commonplace plastics you can find. It doesn’t require any staining, painting, or sanding to look nice. As a bonus, it also doesn’t suffer from  fading or staining. Plastic decking is also less susceptible to mold, meaning it’s safer for damp environments.

The drawback is that these decks tend to look artificial, and this kind of look isn’t appealing to most people. It is also one of the more expensive decking options on the market, and this larger price can turn some people away from the idea of installing it. But if you don’t mind having something a little less stylish, plastic and PVC decking offer a lot in functionality that can benefit your home.

Composite Decking

Composite decking is often made using wood fibres that are mixed with plastic binding substances. These ingredients get melded together, which forms sturdy and reliable boards that require minimal maintenance at installation and even on an ongoing basis. Some varieties replicate the look of wood incredibly well but also don’t contract or expand like wood does. This means that composite decking is better than wood when temperatures change and that it will be less likely to suffer damage as a result of weather conditions. When you pick composite decking, you have different options with looks while still being highly functional and durable.

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