Decking Boards: What Type You Should Choose
Has that time come around that your decking boards on your deck design are in bad shape? Maybe they are old and rotting or warping up, just shot and worn, or really, actually falling apart. You’ve waited as long as you can and now it is no longer a matter of aesthetics, but more like safety. You know that you are off to the building supply to buy decking boards, but what kind should you get?
In this day and age, there are a variety of options available to you, even when choosing decking boards. Sometimes, it can get a little overwhelming.
The first thing you will want to consider is cost. If you are on a low budget, you are going to want to get timber decking boards, because options like composite decking boards and plastic decking boards can be much more costly. Face it, you want cheap decking boards. There’s no shame in that.
Your primary choice in wood decking boards is going to be between pressure treated wood and regular lumber. If you have a pressure treated deck, it would be good to match the decking boards to the rest of the deck by choosing pressure treated lumber. If your deck is painted or stained, you want non-pressure treated wood. You never paint or stain pressure treated lumber, so regular timber would be your application of choice in this instance.
If you are environmentally conscious, you might want to choose recycled decking boards. Recycled decking is most often found in what are called composite materials. Composite decking boards are made of a combination of wood and plastic. This helps to give the boards the look of real wood, but greatly reduces any risk of rotting lumber or splinters. Composite decking does not need to be painted, stained or treated. To clean it, you just wash it down with a hose.
Plastic decking has no wood in it and is made of construction grade PVC. The thing about this sort of decking board is that no matter what they do, it looks like what it is, plastic. It is really difficult to find plastic decking boards that look like wood at close inspection. Otherwise, it is a durable, easy to maintain product.
One important thing to remember is that the artificial wood, composite and plastic deck boards, have a shelf life. People are wrong to think that because they are made of these great materials, they will last forever. These designs of decking boards do wear out in the eventuality of time.