Best Deck Building Materials

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Deck installations have arguably become one of the most popular options available to individuals considering exterior remodeling projects. Research website Statista reported that the number of single-family residences with decks grew between 2010 and 2021, indicating the popularity of these extensions. A report by the CIF-IFC stated that about 82% of homes in the US encompassed an outdoor area with decks, patios, porches, or balconies. These fixtures are a great way to enhance the curb appeal of your home and increase the potential resale value of your home with the right approach. 

One of the major elements to consider when considering a deck-building project is the best materials for the extension. There are multiple options available in the market, and the best alternative will depend on the homeowner’s particular circumstances. Some of the best materials recommended by Framingham MA Deck Builders include: 

Natural Lumber

Hardwoods have long been a popular option when it comes to natural materials. There are several options to choose from, with some of the more popular alternatives including ipe, oak, teak and cumaru. As the name suggests, hardwoods are great for construction as they’re highly tenacious and are naturally resistant to threats such as rot and molding because of the tannins in their lumber. It should be noted that hardwoods tend to be more expensive than their softwood counterparts, but are also more durable. Some softwoods also represent a valid alternative and can be a good choice when looking to mitigate expenses. Not every option represents a durable solution, however, and contractors recommend sticking to options such as pine, cedar, and redwood. 

Pressure Treated Lumber 

Pressure-treated lumber is another great alternative for individuals working with a limited budget. In simple terms, pressure-treated lumber is wood that has been infused with chemicals under extreme pressure to raise its resistance levels to threats such as rot and molding. Framingham MA Deck Builders note that where you source your pressure-treated lumber is essential. Old wood might represent a safety hazard because up until 2004, arsenic was the main chemical that was used to create pressure-treated lumber until it was banned by the EPA due to health concerns. Copper is the main addition that’s infused into lumber nowadays. This wood is available in three primary categories including alkaline quaternary copper (ACQ), noncombustible, and borate. ACQ and borate represent environmentally friendly solutions, with the former treated with ammonium alkyl and copper, and the latter treated with water-based mineral salts. With proper care and maintenance, pressure-treated wood can last for up to 10 years. 

Composite Decking 

Composite decking is an artificial building material made from a blend of plastic and wooden fibers – representing the best of both worlds. Although they’re a bit more expensive than softwoods and pressure-treated lumber, they feature greater durability and longevity. The plastic fibers in the decking make the material resistant to insect infestation, rot, and molding. This option is also cheaper than other alternatives such as aluminum and exotic stone. It’s available in a variety of hues and colors, including mimicking natural wood. 

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