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What material should I use for my deck?

Friday, May 1st, 2015
Aluminum pickets can create an open feel for any deck.

Aluminum pickets can create an open feel for any deck.

When you add a deck to your home, you want it to be usable, attractive, durable, and easy to maintain. Our customers love the decks we build because we help them get the best deck possible for their budgets. We start with the choosing the deck material.

Pressure-treated Lumber

Pressure-treated lumber is still the “go-to” option for deck construction. It’s the least expensive alternative and is readily available. Although treated with chemicals and preservatives to resist rot, decay, and insect damage, it requires regular maintenance. Yearly pressure washing and application of stain or wood preservative every two or three years will keep your deck attractive and stable.

Untreated Cedar or Redwood

For those preferring untreated lumber, cedar and redwood are good options. They contain natural oils and tannins that resist to damage. Both come in different grades based on whether the boards come from the inner or outer part of the tree. Redwood and cedar are more difficult to find and more expensive than traditional pressure-treated lumber. They require annual power washing, application of a clear, water-repellent wood preservative (or stain to preserve the color), and a coat of finish every three to four years.

PVC Decking

PVC plastic decking is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a low-maintenance alternative to traditional decking that resists mold and stains, retains its color, and is cooler underfoot than pressure-treated or natural wood. We carry both AZEK® and Solstice PVC decking, so you can get the look you want at a price you can afford.
View our AZEK® Decking gallery » | View our Solstice Decking Gallery »


Deck rails can be made of wood, PVC, or aluminum. The rails in the deck shown above give an airier feel than the usual wood rails.
View our Lansing-Westbury Railing Gallery »

Learn more about decking materials »

Contact Us

To schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation to plan your new deck, complete our “Request a Consultation” form at the left or call us at (540) 537-2876. We’re always happy to help our customers save money and increase the value of their homes!

Ask about our 12 months same as cash financing option!