There are more decking materials out there than ever before. So if you’re interested in building a new deck, you’re in luck! The number of options can be a little overwhelming, but the experts at JRG Custom Decks are happy to help you find the best material for you.
Wood is the most traditional decking material, and also tends to be the most cost-efficient, initially. Green-treated or treated southern yellow pine are commonly used and most affordable. Then is cedar, which sits between treated-wood and composite decks in terms of price. Cedar is a favorite because of its natural beauty and woodsy smell. But like any wood, it requires staining and occasional treatments. They also require green-treated substructure for safety and longevity.
Wood is classic and beautiful, and when properly maintained, can last for years. Some woods are more durable and naturally resist rot and insects. However, all wood decks require some degree of maintenance to keep them in good shape. Sealing and staining them every few years keeps them protected from the elements and looking beautiful. Regular deck maintenance is necessary to prevent rotting, warping, and splintering from exposure to the elements.
Composite decking material has a higher cost than traditional decking materials, but for many, it makes up for it in the end. Wood-plastic composite material offers the best of both worlds. Combining wood fibers with recycled plastic, the durable material resists fading, staining, scratching, and mold. Almost entirely maintenance-free, deck owners end up saving time and money long-term. Composite decks typically only require a good cleaning/rinsing off once or twice a year to keep it clean. We build composite decks with whichever material the customer desires, but we recommend Trex Transcend because of its 25-year stain and fade warranty.