Building A New Deck? Choose Your Materials Wisely

Posted on: 25 May 2017

When done right, your deck can be an extension of your home. Need a space to entertain? You can use your deck. Want to get away from the chaos taking place in your home? You can head outside to the deck. The more planning and consideration that goes into your deck design, the more you will use it and the more you will enjoy it. Make sure you're choosing the right design and decking supplies for your needs.


By far, one of the most important things you want to consider is what level of maintenance you're willing to commit to. While all decks will require some level of maintenance, there are definitely variances. If you don't mind having to regularly clean your deck and seal it, then wood is a great material option to consider as regular cleaning and sealant reapplications will be necessary to maintain the wood's integrity.

If you're looking for virtually no effort in maintaining your deck, then a PVC deck might be a better option, as you won't have to do anything to maintain the deck after installation.


If you find yourself getting bored quickly and seem to always be changing the color of the walls in your home, your carpet or your furniture, then versatility in a deck is going to be important. If you fall into this category, a wood or composite wood deck will probably be better choices as you can easily paint and stain these materials when you want to change your deck appearance.

On the other hand, a material like PVC is going to be more challenging. Not only will it be harder to find colors you like that can be used on the PVC, the paint application process is often harder and the paint is more likely to peel from the surface.


Make certain you're thinking about function, such as how you plan to use the deck. Will it be used primarily for you and your significant other for relaxing or will there be kids and large gatherings on the deck often? If the latter is the case, you want to choose wood or composite wood. These materials are highly durable and can withstand the excess weight and frequent activity that will take place with a reduced risk for damage.

A PVC material, while also durable, is still not as weight resistant as wood and it can be easy to puncture if you're constantly pushing items along the surface. The more activity on the deck, the tougher the surface needs to be.

To get the most joy out of your new deck and to ensure you're getting the most out of your investment, consider all these factors to choose your deck material wisely.