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Custom Deck Building: Choosing The Right Material

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One of the most simple and rewarding ways to expand your living space and improve the look of your home is to build an outdoor deck. As with any home improvement project, it's important that it's done with careful planning and preparation to ensure that it's built safely and exactly to your liking. A major part of custom deck building is choosing the right material. 


At one point in time, decks were wood, and only wood. Wood is still one of the most popular options today. It's strong, natural, and looks great, however it's a material that requires lots of cleaning and periodic re-staining. And being that it's wood, it can splinter, warp, and rot over time. You have a few options when it comes to wood, all varying in price and durability. 

  • Pressure treated wood
  • Tropical hardwoods 
  • Redwood and cedar 


Composite decking is a material that is definitely gaining popularity. It's constructed of wasted wood fibers and plastic to create a material that won't splinter and doesn't ever need staining or painting. The downfall is that composite is heavier and more expensive than wood, plus you'll need to scrub it regularly to prevent mildew. 


Aluminum decking is good for someone who is looking for a very strong material that will stay cool even in the hottest temperatures. It's durable, long-lasting, and has a unique look. Even though it is one of the more expensive options, it won't ever rot, splinter, rust, warp, or crack. 


Many people choose concrete decking for the simple reason that it is much more durable, resilient, and longer lasting than other materials. With simple cleaning, it will stay looking nice for many years to come without any of the drawbacks of wood. While you may not view concrete as very attractive, there are definitely ways to improve its appearance. 

Contact us today at Premier Exteriors for more information on custom deck building and choosing the right materials to fit your lifestyle. 

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