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Advice from a Deck Installer


By ProMatcher Staff



When you are planning to build a deck the first thing which may come to your mind is the deck building cost. That said the first thing that you should really be thinking about is the material which is going to be used to construct the deck. Wood, composite, plastic and aluminum are the primary materials which are used to build decks.

Wood is the most common material which is used for decking. Pinewood, Redwood, Cedar and Mahogany are examples of some different types of woods used. Using Pinewood for decking can cut the deck construction costs, but maintenance cost can be very high. Redwood can be a great material, and your deck building cost will not increase a lot. Also, longevity of this type of wood deck is almost 20 to 30 years. Cedar is another good choice as it lasts for more than 20 years. Mahogany can increase the deck building cost a lot but your deck will look excellent. No matter which wood you choose, they will all require power washing, staining and clear coating from time to time.

Another option available is composite deck materials. A blend of plastic and wood is used to make this material. The deck building cost can increase if you want to use it; however, your maintenance costs will probably be limited to an occasional power wash. It should be noted that while composite material will last a long time, it does not last forever. Still, the high deck construction costs can be worthwhile because the maintenance cost is very low. Popularity of this material is also increasing and people are more willing to pay the higher cost of new deck made of composite materials.

Plastic deck materials are similar to composite but there is no wood in such materials. Like composite, it can increase your deck building cost, but maintenance of such decks is very easy. It will not catch insects like woods and remain cool even in hot temperature.

The cheapest of all materials is the aluminum deck material. The cost of a new deck will be well under your budget if you choose this option. This material also requires low maintenance. So, now you are probably thinking, why use other materials if you have aluminum as an option? The other materials will increase your deck construction cost, but they also make a much better looking deck than aluminum.

A good deck installer can help you to choose the best material which can suit your estimated deck building cost. If you tell them your required size of the deck and the materials which you want use then they can provide you estimate of the cost of new deck.



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