How many types of decks are there?

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    This article provides information about 3 main types of decks which homeowners need to take into consideration before going forward with deck construction for your home.


    A quick rundown on the distinctive characteristics

    A deck made up of solid wood boards is constructed using a wide variety of timber options such as teak, Brazilian teak, Mahogany, Ipe, redwood, cedar, and other kinds of hardwoods. Going for recycled planks is also a popular choice for recycling-conscious buyers. It is an undeniable fact that a solid wood deck offers the most authentic presentation of grains and colours compared to that of plastic deck and composite deck. This characteristic of solid wood has authenticity and aesthetic appeal that is long-lasting, and also adds substantial value to your home.


    A quick rundown on the distinctive characteristics

    While wood remains the king of traditional decking, current architectural options include plastic decking, aka polyvinylchloride (PVC). A plastic deck is often made of 100% recycled materials (some is made from new plastic as well), and doesn’t contain wood fibers or fillers.

    Both PVC and composite decking are developed to mimic the aesthetic appearance of wood decking. However, a plastic deck tends to have a uniform, more synthetic appearance in comparison to the presentation of composite decking which is manufactured to have more realistic wood-grains and natural colours. Then again, both are mere imitations of traditional solid wood decks, which surpass all synthetics in terms of authenticity and inherent worth.


    A quick rundown on the distinctive characteristics

    The nature of composite decks is similar to that of plastic decks as they are both recycled materials. The difference is that this material is often a composite of recycled plastic, such as polyethylene and/or polyvinyl chloride, and bamboo fibers, woodchips or sawdust, making the material an apparent environmentally conscious option.

    The visual presentation of composite decks more closely resemble woods than plastic decks. Composite boards are better at displaying the realistic look of wood, so manufacturers can add imitation grains and coloring to the molds in which the planks are formed.

    Composite decks come in a multitude of wood-like, natural-looking colors and thicknesses that will add character to your outdoor décor. The boards might be hollow or solid. Keep in mind that solid composite boards are usually more expensive than hollow composite boards. On the other hand, hollow boards are not as susceptible to expansion and contraction as solid boards, however they do shift.

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