Choose a deck that is made from composite recycled materials. Significant advances have been made, and they look and work great without any splinters or the need to treat them with toxic materials. A deck made of recycled materials can last up to five times as long as wood decks. With a 25 year limited warranty, you save significantly over wood.
Composite decking generally costs more than wood. The labor is about the same, but the estimated material costs for about a 200 sq foot deck (12-by-16) deck built with typical pressure-treated wood would cost $488, and cedar would cost $1,150, and while composite materials may cost $1,387, The average annual maintenance costs over ten years is only $62 for composites vs. $300 for wood decks in part given the need for more repairs over time.
The ROI Calculation is based on the added cost over a typical pressure treated 200 sq. ft. deck.
The composite decking material industry
has ‘grown’ dramatically in part because
they have developed products that
effectively simulate wood grain and
texture, like the upper photo. If you
choose real wood, look for sustainable
growth timber with the ‘FSC’ logo
representing wood that is qualified by
the Forest Stewardship Council.