Best Types of Deck Material for Your Home

Whether you’re looking to install a new deck or remodel an existing one, it’s important to know what kind of materials are out on the market. There are many options to choose from, for all types of budgets and aesthetics, so which is right for you? We’ve narrowed down popular deck materials here: 

Natural wood

When used in decking, natural wood is a beautiful and durable material. Homeowners tend to choose woods like cedar or redwood for its appearance and coloring. Natural wood is one of the more expensive options and will need to be maintained over the years. Without proper maintenance it could fade from sun exposure, crack, or warp.


Composite decking is a great alternative to natural wood. It’s a synthetic material created by combining recycled plastic and wood fibers. Composite is very durable, won’t warp, and can be customized to look like natural wood. The surface can get slick when wet though, and darker shade can become extremely hot in direct sunlight.


Similar to composite, plastic decking is also durable and very easy to maintain over the years. Plastic won’t warp or crack like wood, and won’t begin to decay with exposure to moisture. Be aware that a deck made with this material can also get very hot in the sunlight, and darker colors may fade over time. 

Pressure-treated wood

This type of material is great if you’re interested in the look of a natural wood deck without paying the price for it. You can often find pressure-treated wood made from chemically treated pine, making it resistant to water and insects. It’s a perfect alternative to wood and it’s widely available since it’s such a popular and affordable option.

Feel free to Contact RainAway Under Deck System to learn more about the different materials and how to properly maintain your deck. We specialize in dry below deck systems, dry underdeck systems, underdeck drainage systems and basement waterproofing.

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