When you are in the market for a new Seattle deck, one of the decisions you will need to make is what decking material you will use. While there are many variations of these options out there, you really only have three general choices: wood, plastic and composite decking. Understanding the benefits of each will help you make the best decision. State Roofing can help find the best fit for your needs.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Wood
Wood decking materials are naturally UV resistant and can easily be sanded, stained or painted to match the colors of your house. However, as a natural product, wood decking material can be prone to cracking and damage from termites or rot. Wood needs to be occasionally waterproofed and sealed, and even with the proper sealant it can give in to shrinkage or swelling from moisture. Finally, wood can cause splinters, which can be a problem for families with small children who may run around on the deck barefoot. Wood decks including cedar and hardwoods are popular and beautiful.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Plastic
Plastic has some characteristics that may make it preferable over wood as you look at your deck plans. Plastic does not have to be sealed or weatherproofed, as it comes that way automatically. It also does not splinter, so it is safe to use in a home with children or pets. It will not crack, check or be damaged by termites. Moisture causes minimal swelling or shrinkage on deck designs made from plastic. However, plastic decks can be slippery when wet, cannot be easily painted or stained and are generally not as resistant to UV rays.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Composite Decking Products
If you want a material that combines the benefits of both wood and plastic decks, then you may want to consider composite decking. Seattle decks made from composite decking normally do not splinter or crack, cannot be eaten by termites and do not get as slippery when wet. They also have the benefits of wood, as they can be sanded and stained or painted easily, are naturally UV resistant. Composite decking material can offer the best of both worlds, and thus is a solid choice among homeowners who want durable, yet beautiful decks. Contact State Roofing at 206-452-0274 or by clicking here to begin building the deck of your dreams!