Choosing the Perfect Deck for Your Home

Comparison Guide

Decking and Railing Remodel

It’s the perfect time to enjoy your backyard and relax on your deck with your family. Whether you’re thinking about replacing an older deck or constructing a new one, choosing the right deck material is crucial. A deck is a significant investment, and finding the best fit for your lifestyle and budget is essential. This guide should help get you started choosing the perfect deck for your home.

Exploring Decking Materials: Natural Wood vs. Composite

There are various materials to consider, each with its own advantages and costs. Some materials, like natural wood, offer initial savings but require more maintenance over time. Others, such as composite materials made from PVC or wood composites like Timbertech by Azek decking, have higher upfront costs but are more durable and require less maintenance in the long run.

Natural Wood: Classic Appeal with Maintenance Needs

Natural wood decks, whether pressure treated, pine, cedar, or redwood, provide a classic look and are initially more economical compared to composites. However, they require regular maintenance such as sanding, staining, and resealing to prevent rotting and maintain their appearance over time.

Pressure Treated ( & Natural) Wood DeckingComposite Decking
Initial CostLower upfront costsHigher initial investment
MaintenanceNeeds regular maintenance (Sanding, staining, sealing)Low Maintenance
DurabilityProne to rot and deterioration over timeDurable
LongevityDepending on upkeep and maintenanceLong lasting with minimal maintenance
AppearanceClassic wood lookVariety of colors, and options
Environmental ImpactNatural material, sustainable options are availableMade from recycled materials (eco friendly options available)
Cost over TimeHigh maintenance costsLower maintenance costs
Value AddedModerateHigher due to durability and low maintenance
OptionsPressure treated, pine, redwood, PVC, Composites
Choosing the Perfect Deck for Your Home: Natural Wood vs. Composite

Composite Materials: Durability and Low Maintenance

Composite decking, like PVC or wood composites such as Timbertech by Azek, offers a higher initial investment but is extremely durable and requires minimal maintenance. A simple wash a few times a year is typically all that’s needed to keep it looking new.

Choosing Based on Your Needs and Budget

Both materials have their advantages; it ultimately depends on what fits best with your budget and needs. If longevity, low maintenance, and long-term cost-effectiveness are priorities for your deck, composite materials might be the ideal choice. They have been shown to add significant value to homes, according to the latest Cost vs. Value Report.

Conclusion: Enhancing Your Home with the Perfect Deck

Whether you opt for the classic appeal of natural wood or the durability of composite, investing in a deck that suits your lifestyle and enhances your home’s value is a decision you can enjoy for years to come.


Updated: July 2024

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.