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Choosing Durable Decking That Will Last Years

If you’re looking to build yourself a new deck or improve the one you already have, you may have come across some decking that won’t last. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spot, too. Once the rain hits it, it buckles and warps, and it’s no longer safe to walk on. If you want to avoid this, check out our tips on choosing durable decking that lasts so you can get what you want without having to replace it in two years.

Which Decking Material Lasts the Longest?

When it comes to decking material, several factors determine how long it lasts. For starters, you want something resistant to rot and other stains. You also want something durable against foot traffic and weather conditions such as rain, sun, snow, and more.

One material that meets all these qualifications is cedar wood because it has natural oils in its wood which protect it from all sorts of things. So if you’re looking for lasting decking, cedar wood is your best bet!

Not only does it resist mould and mildew better than other materials but it’s strong enough to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions! It’s very hardy and isn’t affected by UV rays so cedar won’t change colour over time like redwood or pine might.

Deck Framing Equipment That Will Last Over Multiple Years

There are many deck framing supplies on the market today. Most people choose their deck framing materials based on material cost and availability. But, there is much more to it than that. To get an idea of what will work for you, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • How important is durability?
  • What other features do I need in my deck?

If you have a tight budget but want something durable, then composite wood decking may be right for you. If you have less money or don’t mind if your deck doesn’t last as long, then pressure-treated wood may be right for you.

However, keep in mind that decks framed with this material are not nearly as durable. In terms of other factors to consider when choosing deck framing materials, you’ll also want to know whether or not your deck needs railings, stairs, ladders, and/or any other safety features.

Framing materials can make a difference here too because some are easier to cut than others. Once again, composites typically offer more flexibility here while lumber can be a little trickier because it’s so rigid.

Deck Boards That Won’t Wither Away to Oblivion

Here’s how to choose deck boards that will last:

  1. Search for a wood type that’s naturally rot-resistant, such as cedar, redwood or composite
  2. Avoid pressure-treated wood, which is made with toxic chemicals and can leach into your yard
  3. Look for boards that are rated for very good or excellent weather resistance at least on one side
  4. Steer clear of any boards with knots in them, as these weaken the board and make it more likely to rot.

Combine Equipment to Realize a Deck That Lasts a Lifetime

Decking is one of those home improvement projects that can really make your home feel brand new. There are many factors that go into choosing the deck, including colour, material, and whether or not you want railings. One thing you should always consider when buying decking is how durable it is.

If you’re looking for decking that will last for years and years, choose cedar wood or composite decking materials over pressure-treated wood. Pressure-treated wood has been chemically infused with an insecticide to prevent rot, but this treatment typically only lasts about five years before it begins to break down and turn gray.

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We specialize in building custom Decks, Arbors, and Pergolas for our clients in Winnipeg and out to rural Manitoba. We take pride in our work and have seen firsthand what can happen when homeowners choose decking that doesn’t stand the test of time.

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