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What’s the Best Low-Maintenance Deck Material?

A new deck is a valuable feature to help you enjoy your outdoor living space while improving your home’s appeal and resale value if you choose to sell. There are a variety of materials on the market today, each with its own pros and cons. One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing decking material is the product’s maintenance needs.

Would you like to learn more about your low-maintenance deck material options? Contact APCO by calling 614-254-5489 today.

Types of Low-Maintenance Deck Material

Wood Decking

Wood decks are a versatile option for your outdoor space, with a variety of wood types and stains to match any aesthetic requirements. Wood decks can create a “natural” environment, as wood tends to blend into the surroundings better than artificial materials. Pine decking is affordable and long-lasting, with the ability to perform for decades if properly maintained. Wood decks also don’t retain heat or cold, and they’re safe to walk on with bare feet, even in the heat of summer.

Pricing can be a negative factor when considering wood decking, as some exotic wood materials can cost more than $20 per square foot. Wood decks also require regular maintenance to keep up their appearance and functionality. A wood deck requires seasonal cleaning to prevent mold and mildew from accumulating, and you will need to reapply stain to maintain its appearance and coat with water sealer annually to prevent warping and discoloration.

Composite Decking

Composite decks may cost more than a traditional wood deck, but that extra expense is counteracted by the virtually eliminated maintenance costs. A composite deck only needs occasional cleaning with soap and a soft-bristled brush; it will not rot or splinter. Due to the combination of plastic and wood, composite decking withstands the elements and lasts longer than a traditional wood deck and is less likely to fade or otherwise become damaged over time. It is a truly low-maintenance and long-lasting deck material.

Upfront cost is the biggest negative when installing a composite deck, but heat retention is also an issue. Composite decks have a tendency to hold heat, which can result in an uncomfortable barefoot experience during the hottest times of the year.

Pressure-Treated Decking

Pressure-treated decks are the most inexpensive decking option available, and arguably the most popular. They are usually constructed with southern pine that has been chemically treated to prevent rot, moisture, and insect damage. Pressure-treated wood is durable and relatively easy to maintain. It only requires an annual pressure washing to prevent the accumulation of dirt, along with a new coat of stain and sealer every few years.

As far as downsides, the biggest is avoiding exposure to the chemicals used to treat the wood. It’s important to apply a sealer to prevent contact while using the deck, and you should never burn pressure-treated wood to prevent the release of toxic gas.

APCO Low-Maintenance Deck Services

APCO has been central Ohio’s go-to exterior building expert since 1962. We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been awarded more Consumers’ Choice Awards than any other company in Ohio. Our team of experienced professionals strives to provide top-quality products and service to our customers, with no fancy gimmicks or high-pressure sales techniques. Once your new deck is installed, the job isn’t done until you are satisfied. We offer a 100% guarantee on all products and installation services.

If you’re ready for a low-maintenance, beautiful new deck, contact the pros at APCO by dialing 614-254-5489 now.

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