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The addition of a deck to your home is an exciting project. However, before embarking on this exterior renovation, there are a number of factors to consider in order to ensure that the end result is a deck that will withstand it’s fair share of wear and tear, while remaining a solid financial investment. In this blog post, we’ll explore one of the first major decisions to be made: which decking material should you choose, wood or composite?

One thing to understand is that the structure of the deck — the frame itself — consists of treated lumber. When discussing the choices of decking material, we are referring to the surface of the deck and the accompanying railing. Your options are either wood (treated lumber or cedar) or a man-made material, which range depending on the company that produces it. At Falcon Residential, we carry Trex deck products, which is considered an eco-friendly composite decking material. This is because the material consists of recycled wood and recycled plastic film.

The main differences between wood and composite decking material are the cost and the level of maintenance. Some homeowners opt for wood because of the initial cost savings, while others invest in a composite deck because of the low maintenance associated with the material. Wood decks require periodic repairs, staining and sealants, whereas Trex decks won’t split or splinter and are fade and stain-resistant.

If you intend to maintain your wood deck on your own, you’ll be able to keep costs lower than if you turn to a professional for deck maintenance, which may result in spending more than the cost of a composite deck over time. At Falcon Residential, we have in-depth conversations with clients before choosing the right decking material for their home. And whether the homeowner plans on doing their own deck maintenance is an important question. House Logic provides a detailed manual for maintaining your wood deck, which includes washing and sealing the deck in spring, inspecting and repairing in summer and taking preventative measures in the fall. This will give you an idea of the time and money required to properly preserve your investment should you opt for a wood deck.

If you need help deciding which material your deck should be, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We are happy to hear about your particular situation and offer the solution that is the best fit for you and your home.