Summer is almost here, which means everybody’s heading outdoors.
If you’ve been thinking about increasing your outdoor living space with a new deck, it pays to research your options when it comes to decking materials.
Trex, a top decking brand and inventor of wood-alternative composite decking, offers points to consider in your search for the perfect deck.
· First, think about what material you want to use. High-performance composite decking, made of wood and plastic, offers soap-and-water maintenance, is fade, stain, scratch and mold resistant, has a natural wood-grain finish and rich color, is earth-friendly, and comes with fade and stain warranties. However, it can be costlier than other materials.
· PVC (vinyl) decking is plastic with no organic content. It’s low-maintenance, resistant to mold, stains and scratches, and needs no painting. It does, however, tend to squeak and gets chalky. Because it’s non-organic, it’s not earth-friendly and it can be costly.
· Early generation composite decking doesn’t rot or splinter. It’s durable and earth-friendly, but it can fade and stain, is prone to mold and mildew, requires periodic cleaning with deck wash, and is susceptible to scratches.
· Wood is real and natural, affordable and easy to work with. However, as most everyone knows, it rots, splits, swells, twists and faces. It also contributes to deforestation, causes splinters, and isn’t always eco-friendly when it’s pressure-treated with toxic chemicals or painted, stained or sealed.
Hines Supply offers a great selection of decking, railing, porch and fence materials, including a complete line of top brand PVC and Trex high-performance composite decking and railing systems in-stock and ready to deliver. Hines decking materials come in a variety of colors and textures and Hines carries all of the installation materials and accessories for your new deck, including the latest in deck lighting, gates, hardware, posts, caps, columns, hidden deck fasteners and more.
Diane Krieger Spivak