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Building a deck? Having trouble deciding which exact decking materials you should build with? Although this is largely a matter of preference, there are a few factors dependent on each individual’s unique situation that can make one type of deck a better choice than another. So, if you’re having trouble making a final decision or selecting between your two favorites, take a look at our top 3 reasons why no single deck is perfect for all families and ask yourself if any of them apply to you.

1.  Repainting/staining

If you have any type of wooden deck, you will need to routinely re-paint or re-stain its surface to keep it looking excellent. To some this is not a big deal; to these people, a few hours of manual labor spread out over the years is a negligible sacrifice to make. However, there are those who consider this a major detriment that could impact their decision when choosing what kind of deck to build. Since composite decks do not need to be painted or stained at all, there will be those who choose composite for the long-term convenience aspect.

2.  Pets

If you have pets, especially dogs, you should take into consideration the effect that their claws may have on your decking material of choice. Exotic hardwoods are the most scratch-resistant material on the market, while softer woods and composite deck boards are more prone to scratching. Composite boards are particularly at-risk since any scratches that occur cannot be sanded out or easily covered up.

3.  Price

Price is one factor that cannot be ignored. For example, although many would agree that exotic hardwood decks are both beautiful and durable than a basic deck, but the exotics will come at a slightly higher price point. For this reason we provide tempting alternatives, such as redwood and cedar, which is a more economically priced option yet still fully capable of lasting for decades.

There’s no such thing as a perfect deck for any home or any family. Many factors, even beyond those discussed in this post, may dictate whether or not a certain decking material is suitable for you and your situation. So, take your time and consider all of the available options, and always feel free to consult with one of our decking specialists for extra assistance!