Installing a deck can give you additional functional space in your garden area to enjoy hosting social gatherings or simply relaxing in the sun. When you decide to have a new deck installed you'll have to select the type of decking boards you'd like. Decking boards are purpose-made and ready to install, but they come in a few different materials and can be sized to suit your needs. Here's an overview of the three main types of decking boards for you to consider.
Softwood Decking Boards
Softwood is a popular choice for decking boards, as it's the least expensive material but still very durable. Its low cost is due to softwood planks being readily available, and softwood is also versatile. Some types of softwood will naturally deter insects, but you should consider maintenance requirements when choosing your decking boards. Softwood joists will need to be treated to protect them from rot due to being in contact with the ground. Some types of softwood are also prone to algae build-up during the winter months, so you will need to treat the boards to prevent them from becoming slippery and unsafe to walk on.
Hardwood Decking Boards
Hardwood decking boards tend to be the most expensive type of decking, but hardwood decks are an investment. Hardwood will last for several decades when cared for properly and can enhance the aesthetic of your property. Hardwood isn't particularly prone to algae build-up, which makes this type of decking well-suited to year-round use. However, hardwood can be time-consuming to install due to the boards being difficult to cut and drill, so it's best to use a decking company with experience in installing hardwood decks.
Composite Decking Boards
Composite decking boards consist of a mix of natural recycled wood and man-made materials, usually plastic. The materials are chemically bonded together and pressed into boards. Composite decking boards are durable and tend to be as long-lasting as softwood boards, but don't think that having a plastic component makes them maintenance-free. These decking boards still need to be treated for rot, but they have the advantage of being available in a range of colours, which makes it easy to customise your new outdoor area.
When selecting decking boards for your new deck, you should take maintenance, functionality and cost into consideration. If you're unsure of the right type of decking for your needs, view some samples and consult with an experienced decking installation company. For more information on decking, contact a professional near you.Share
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