Types of Deck Boards
Installing a Minneapolis deck on your home is arguably one of the most rewarding exterior home improvement project out there. With a deck you’ll be able to enjoy the crisp outdoor air while entertaining friends and partaking in meals and drinks during the spring, summer, and fall. Decks are a place you can go and relax – they also improve your home’s aesthetic layout and improve market value.
Choosing a deck style is very important as you want something that blends in seamlessly with your property. Choosing the material that your new structure is going to be constructed from is another important aspect of the design process. Most industry experts agree there are five ‘main’ popular types of decking to choose from – learn about each below.
Pressure Treated Wood
One of the most popular deck materials is pressure treated wood. Pressure treated wood is readily available in Minnesota (as well as coast to coast) and is considerably easy to work with. Pressure treated wood is primarily milled from yellow pine and then treated to resist rot and insects. PTW is not perfect however, it will warp with humidity changes and can also crack and split over time. To preserve, the Minneapolis deck should be power washed regularly and stained every few years.
Composite Materials / PVC
Composite boards are desirable in the fact that they are made up of a wood flour and recycled plastic mixture. This type of material is extremely durable as they protect against mold and moisture but also the splitting and swelling that wood products do. This also ensures that the product does not have to be stained or sealed, but it also means that you can’t change the color of the deck down the line. Composite deck boards cannot yet be recycled either, but luckily they are very long lasting. Composite deck materials cost more pressure treated wood.
Aluminum is a very solid deck choice for modern homes. The powder coated finish will last for years and is infused with an anti-slip additive for safe walking when wet. No insects or moisture will penetrate into the metal. Aluminum is manufactured to dissipate the sun’s rays, preventing crispy toes during a summer barbecue. Aluminum decks are also manufactured so they can be interlocking and thus waterproof. These boards are lighter compared to wood. Aluminum is also on the higher spectrum of the price scale.
The major advantage for hardwood boards is that they are sourced from tropical trees such as Ipe, which means they are naturally resistant to swelling and rot. These boards have a more natural, warm color but are also a bit harder to work with and more expensive than pressure treated wood.
Redwood / Cedar
Redwood and cedar are softwoods, but they have a natural looking rich color and are more eco-friendly as they aren’t manufactured with chemicals and preservatives. Cedar and similar woods also contains natural oils that makes them resistant to rot. Redwood is the decking of choice for many home purists out there.
If you’d like more information about decking options available to you, feel free to contact Snap Construction today.