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What Decking Material is Best?

what decking material is best
Deck made with composite decking materials

Which Decking Material Is the Best? Decking can be used as an alternative to stone-based features like patios, as part of garden design, and to increase the living space of a home.

When thinking about building a deck for your house, it’s crucial to compare the costs and benefits and select a material and style that suits your needs and budget.

When selecting a decking material, it is essential to consider maintenance, durability, environmental impact, slip-resistant, cost, appearance, availability, and installation. 

There is no best decking material as an ideal material depends on the client’s needs and budget.

Some of the best decking materials include:

  • Ipe
  • Cedar
  • Knotwood
  • Tropical hardwoods
  • Cypress
  • Bamboo
  • Redwood
  • Composite.
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Ipe wood deck

Ipe

This hardwood is a well-liked decking material renowned for its toughness, resistance to insects and rot, and stunning beauty. Given its exceptional resistance to dents, scratches, and other signs of wear and tear, it is one of the hardest woods available.

Equally important, ipe wood is known for being very moisture resistant, which helps stop rotting and deterioration. This wood will benefit from a quick wash with soap and water to maintain its appearance.

While it is among the more expensive decking materials, its durability and little care requirements may be a more cost-effective option in the long term. 

The Spruce has published an article titled, “What Is Brazilian Ipe Wood?” that gives more information about ipe wood.

Cedar

Cedar is a well-liked decking material for its natural beauty and resistance to decay and insects. Additionally, it is less expensive than hardwoods, but it does require regular maintenance. Thirdly, it is the most sustainable choice as it is a renewable resource.

Finally, cedar is known for being the most popular outdoor wood. Find out why by looking over our Western Red Cedar service page.

Knotwood

Knotwood imitates wood-looking aluminum decking rather than a conventional decking material. Aluminum, the material used to make knotwood, is incredibly strong and resistant to weather, rot, and insects.

With very little upkeep, it can last for many years. Aluminum, an extremely recyclable material, is used to make knotwood. Also, it uses less energy to create and can lessen your home’s environmental effects.

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods like tigerwood, garapa, and cumaru are well-liked choices for decking because of their sturdiness, beauty, and resistance to insects and decay. Although tropical hardwoods are among the more expensive decking materials, they can become more affordable in the long run due to their durability and low maintenance requirements.

Cypress

Cypress is a renewable resource and is seen to be a more environmentally friendly option than some other types of wood. It might not be as eco-friendly as composite decking materials, though. Compared to hardwoods like ipe, cypress is a comparatively soft wood, making it easier to deal with. It can be mounted with conventional screws or covert fasteners.

Bamboo

bamboo-a good choice for decking
Moso bamboo decking

 On the rise, bamboo is a sustainable, environmentally friendly decking material that has grown in favor recently. Bamboo offers a distinctive, modern look with natural color and a smooth, even texture. In order to create a variety of looks, it can be stained or finished.

Furthermore, bamboo is known for being water and rot resistant, as well as having up to a 25 year warranty. We deal specifically with MOSO bamboo products. Learn more from our bamboo service page.

Redwood

Redwood’s inherent beauty and durability make it a popular choice for decking materials. Redwood is a premium decking material that can raise a property’s resale value, making it a wise investment for homeowners.

Moreover, it is an excellent option for DIY projects or custom installs because it is a somewhat soft wood that is simple to deal with. Bob Vila has posted an informative article about backyard decks made from redwood.

composite wood deck
Composite deck made from NewTechWood

Composite

 Is a common decking material that combines plastic and wood fibers. Composite decking only requires occasional cleaning and sealing.

This is because it doesn’t need to be stained or painted like real wood decking. Learn more about composite decking materials and what we can offer you by checking out our composite lumber service page.

Wrapping Up

There are many great decking materials on the market. However, the client’s needs and budget determine the material that best fits their preferences and tastes. The best decking materials are durable, easy to maintain, naturally slip-resistant, environmentally-friendly, available, and sustainable. 

5 thoughts on “What Decking Material is Best?”

  1. It’s great that this article discussed how it’s important to take maintenance, durability, environmental impact, slip-resistant, cost, appearance, availability, and installation into account when choosing a decking material. I’ll be sure to tell my aunt about this because she’s going to put a deck in her home so she can have a barbecue for her family. I’ll be sure to share this post with her since it would be a fantastic idea if she gave your advice some thought. Thanks!

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  2. I like that you provided details on how Because of its natural beauty and resilience to rot and insects, cedar is a popular choice for decking. It also costs less than hardwoods, although it does need care regularly. This will be beneficial to my uncle, who wants to construct a deck in his front yard so that he may host guests. Given this, I’ll be sure to share your essay with him to help him select the ideal sort of decking material at an affordable price. Thanks!

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  3. OMG< I love that you mentioned how because of its natural beauty and resilience to rot and insects, cedar is a popular choice for decking. I also now know that it costs less than hardwoods, although it does need care on a regular basis. Let me discuss this with my husband because we really want a deck installed in our yard by a reputable builder. We just know it'd be great to have that in there and relax in the mornings and afternoons.

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  4. I liked your idea to use bamboo. I’ve been thinking about building a deck for our home and have been looking into our options. I’ll have to consider bamboo for it since it seems like it could be a good fit.

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  5. It’s great that you described different types of wood used to build decks. My parents want to hire a contractor this month to start designing a deck for their backyard. They’d love to use wood because they like the traditional look that it provides, and I think your post will show them their wood options.

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