What is your best option?

Whether it’s beer nights or grilling days, one thing that keeps family and friends together is the decks that people have in their homes. Through the years, wood decks and composite decks have been a part of many family’s homes in Colorado Springs.

However, as time flies, your precious decks may have some signs of decay, weathering, and scratches. So, as early as now, you might need to prepare and know what kind of decks will suit your needs and budget best.

Which decking material is better in Colorado Springs?

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When considering a deck for your home it needs to be well thought out in advance. We’ll guide you through the differences of wood and composite decks so you can have clarity on what deck you like and need.

Let’s start off with the first and original type of deck that was out in the market – wood deck. The most common types of wood decks are redwood, pressure-treated lumber, cedar, and tropical hardwoods.

Here is the list of the pros and cons of redwood, cedar, and tropical hardwoods:

Pros:

  • Have natural warmth that only wood decks can give
  •  Compared to synthetic decks, this type gives off that fresh good smell
  • Aesthetically nice since it is a natural wood
  • Softwoods are the cheapest decking material and are widely available
  • Resistant to rot and insects
  • Hardwoods need little maintenance.

Cons:

  • Hardwoods are very expensive, particularly ipe, rosewood or other tropical hardwoods
  • If the deck is not maintained they have a tendency to split and may ultimately crack
  • Prone to weathering
  • Wood prices and availability varies depending on the region. For example, Southern California has more rosewoods available. Thus, rosewood is cheaper in the west coast area compared to the east coast
  • Wood decks can be high-maintenance depending on the wood used
  • Can break down when exposed to moist conditions.

On the other hand, when it comes to pressure-treated lumber, here are the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages:

  • Cheaper than hardwoods
  • More available than softwoods & hardwoods which varies in some regions
  • Considered to be good for surface decking and for structural parts

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t look natural
  • Easily bends and warps
  • Contains chemical ingredients that may be harmful

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The second kind of decking material is a composite deck. This type mainly consists of plastic materials like polyvinyl chloride, wood particles and polyethylene. The plastic component comes from products that were recycled. These materials are soda bottles and other plastic containers. Some boards are known to be hollow while others are solid.

Hollow deck boards are undoubtedly inexpensive since they don’t contract and expand, unlike solid boards. However, they aren’t as durable as they can sustain some amount of water internally causing faster damage to the deck. On the other hand, solid boards contract, expand and are stronger. Also, solid boards appear to be more like a real wood.

The pros and cons of composite decking are:

Pros:

  • Weather resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Lightweight material
  • Doesn’t easily rot or splinter
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • The aesthetics look fake and cheap
  • Some composite deck brands are slippery which can cause accidents
  • Not resistant to mildew and mold, especially in the shade
  • Can quickly show the signs of age and decay
  • Has the tendency to bend and sag more compared to wood

The Most Important Factor

The most important step of the deck building process will be hiring a trustworthy, professional contractor such as Genesis Group, LLC. to do the job. Choosing a company that has the experience as well as the knowledge and the design ability will ensure that you get the deck of your dreams that will last for many years. Check out our many testimonials and see that your trust in us will be well placed.