• Galbraith Outzen posted an update 8 months, 1 week ago

    There are lots of decking materials on the market from wood, composite (wood-plastic blend) and vinyl/plastic. Wood is likely to have lower initial cost but more maintenance effort and price, especially if the desired color isn’t natural weathered color. Wood looks like wood. Composites usually are in the middle to high-end in initial cost, lower on maintenance effort and expense, and best for color retention. Composites do not look just like wood. Vinyl/plastic is often the greatest in initial cost, longest in expected service life, lowest in maintenance cost and effort, and great for color retention. Vinyl/plastic also won’t look the same as wood.

    WOOD. Most decking placed in the U.S. is wood and most wood decking is treated pine. Treated pine is treated to prevent rot (CCA has been removed and contains been replaced using ACQ & anything else). They’re acronyms for that chemicals within the treatments. The wood normally treated is southern yellow pine. The in the wood itself, not the therapy, makes it at risk of twisting, splitting, warping and splintering. Another woods in use are cedar, redwood, IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa.

    COMPOSITE. Composite decking is often a distant second in popularity after wood but is now accepted ever in new deck installations and re-decks (re-use old deck framing and replace old deck boards and railing with new composite materials). "Composite" means that the decking is molded or extruded from your secret formula that is a mixture of wood and plastic or vinyl. The wood is often a wood flour of varied grinds and species. The plastic is frequently polyethylene or polypropylene. There are different ratios of wood to plastic and various mixtures of recycled & virgin plastic. These things affect performance characteristics. Composite decking will come in regular plank, tongue & groove, grain finish, solids, and mixed colors.

    VINYL/PLASTIC. Vinyl/plastic decking is starting to become popular and is primarily taking business from the composite deck segment. Decking profiles are normally plank though several manufacturers supplying a tongue & groove. Vinyl/plastic decking is available in a grain or smooth finish, solid colors, and mixed colors.

    Items to consider


    " Wood seems like solid wood and the initial cost is lower with pine but not necessarily so with a few with the other woods

    " Wood weathers and changes color – requires periodic cleaning and staining to keep a shade apart from the naturally weathered color

    " Southern yellow pine splits, cracks and splinters as time passes

    " Exotic woods like IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa will set you back but do not split and crack like pine.

    " Wood has to be replaced (usually before many other materials) at some time which varies with exposure, maintenance and luck

    " Wood requires some maintenance for the most powerful performance restore life – usually pressure washed to have clean

    " Maintenance costs time and/or money and will offset any initial cost benefits.


    " Initial cost is significantly above pine, but similar to the exotic woods

    " Longer service life

    " Lower maintenance cost as well as than wood – usually cleaned using a pressure washer or a chemical solution wash & flush

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Variety of colours

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " May grow mold spores inside the wood component – can be hard and troublesome to clean completely

    " May stain – cleaning methods vary with kind of stain and wood component


    " Initial cost is normally the same or more than composites

    " Longer service life

    " Least quantity of maintenance and effort – usually cleaned with a hose pipe

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Maintains original look and color lasting

    " Variety of colours aside from dark colors like brown

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " No mold or mildew

    " No stains

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