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Types of decking

There are many different types of decking and it’s important to choose the type of deck that will best suit your Sugar Land home. You can go with traditional wood decking or look for more modern solutions including composite decking, plastic decking, and aluminium decking. Other deck types are bamboo decks, plywood decks, decking tile and ceramic decking.

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Decking Types: Wood decking

Wood decking is classic. It is the authentic quintessential type of decking and suits most backyards. Most wood is pressure-treated pine, though there are more expensive options if you really want your deck to make a statement. You can choose cedar decking, redwood decking and even tropical har woods. There is a lot of variety when it comes to wood decking though wood will fade with time. It is prone to cracking and will stain if it isn’t refinished. As mentioned, hardwoods and exotics are expensive. The range of pricing can vary greatly for wood decks ranging from 200-1100 (or more) /100 SQ feet.

Wood decking
Wood decking for your Sugar Land home

Decking Types: Composite Decking

Composite decking is a great option if you’re looking for a more cost-effective build while still being able to choose a wide array of colours and look for your Sugar Land deck. It does a good job of replicating the classic look that comes with wood decking. Composite decking is made from plastic and wood fibers. Some composite decking options can be stained which means you can tweak its colour. Some types of composite decking can be less resistant to slipping when wet, they are more flexible and are susceptible to sag. Most choices are heavier and some can be more expensive than the more traditional pine decking. If you’re choosing to use composite decking and going the do it yourself route make sure to research the optimum joist spacing required so that your composite decking doesn’t sag over time.

Sugar Land Composite Decking
Composite decking

Plastic Decking

Plastic decking could be a great option for your Sugar Land home offering the best resistance to the elements without staining. Choices include polyethene and PVC. It’s a great lightweight decking option. Some plastic decking can appear ‘cheap’ compared to other decking solutions. They can be slippery and some can change colour more over time than stained wood decking.

Plastic PVC decking
Autumn leaves on composite deck

Aluminum Decking

Aluminum Decking has a very different feel than the other options above and could be the difference you’re looking for for your Sugar Land home. Aluminium decking is tough, rigid and slip-resistant. It is often finished with an anodized coating which should last a long time. Options can include sections that interlock so that decking can also provide cover from the rain. Aluminium decking can be expensive though and no one will be mistaking it for wood decking.

Aluminum decking

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