2 Alternatives to Wood for Your New Deck

26 September 2016
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If you are thinking about installing a new deck this fall, when it comes to the material that you will use to create your deck, you have a lot of different options to choose from. Here are two alternatives to wood that you can use to create your new deck with this fall. 

#1: Aluminum 

There are a surprising number of benefits that come along with using aluminum for your deck. Aluminum decking material will never mold, rot, splinter, crack, or become rusted. It is resistant to the wear and tear of most types of weather.

Aluminum decking material is fire-proof, making your deck and home a little safer. Most bugs that like to eat wood decks tend to leave aluminum alone. Aluminum decking is also created with self-draining channels, which means that all rain water that falls on your deck will be filtered off, so you'll never have to worry about standing water on your deck. 

The material is a lot lighter than plastic, wood, and composite decking material. Even though it is lighter than these types of decking material, aluminum also tends to be stronger than those three types of decking material.

Aluminum decking material can be cut using the same type of supplies you would use on wood—carbide-tipped blades and saws. Additionally, most aluminum decking material is created with interlocking edges, which means that you can simply lock the edge of one piece onto another to create a deck that is watertight and free of gaps. 

The only downside to aluminum decking is that it tends to cost more upfront to purchase aluminum decking. However, it is important to take into consideration that aluminum decking comes with little to none of the maintenance costs of a traditional wood deck. 

#2: Vinyl

Another great alternative to wood is vinyl decking material, which is often called also called plyvinyl chloride, or PVC. PVC is created without the use of any wood materials; you will not even find a trace of wood materials used throughout the creation process of PVC decking. 

Vinyl decks are really easy to take care of. You won't have to worry about them becoming rotten or buckling over time. All you need to do to take care of your vinyl deck is wash it clean with your garden hose and spray attachment. You don't need to stain the wood at all or to refinish it either. 

If you are looking for some different color options, vinyl decks can be created and ordered in just about any color. The most common colors of vinyl decks are tones of gray, white, tan, and brown, but you can also custom-order vinyl decks in more interesting color combinations, such as purple, blue, or red. You can even order vinyl decking that looks like wood, which is great if you want the look of wood without all the maintenance that comes with real wood. 

Vinyl tends to be rather easy to put together, and it generally takes less time to assemble a vinyl deck than it does a wood deck. Additionally, vinyl decking tends to be really affordable, and it often costs less to purchase and install the materials than it does to create a similarly sized deck out of wood.

If you don't want to deal with all the maintenance and upkeep that comes with installing a wood deck, you should look into doing deck installation using either aluminum or vinyl to create your new deck.