People who live in North Carolina, South Carolina, and other Southeastern states are fortunate to have long spring, summer, and fall months to enjoy the outdoors. Due to this, exterior living spaces are almost as important as interior ones to many homeowners throughout our service region. Decks are among the most popular outdoor living areas across the board. Once upon a time, there were few decking options available, but that has undoubtedly changed in recent years. As you read on, you’ll discover what you can use to build your deck if treated lumber doesn’t interest you.
- Cedar or Redwood – Both cedarwood and redwood are softwood options that, at about $3 per square foot, are relatively budget-friendly, but have more appealing natural color than yellow-tinged treated lumber. Typically, because of their reddish shade, homeowners decide against staining cedar and redwood decks. These materials do, however, need to be treated annually in order to prevent decay. A cedar wood or redwood deck should last between five and ten years, in most cases.
- Ipe – Over the past few years, tropical hardwoods have become popular among homeowners who are constructing new decks. Ipe is arguably the most commonly used of these woods. It has a deep red hue and can be sealed to ensure its color doesn’t fade. Ipe is quite dense, which makes it more durable than softwoods. It is generally rated to last a minimum of 25 years. At $9 to $11 per square foot, Ipe is about three times the price of cedar and redwood deck boards.
- Composite decking – Composite decking, which tends to run approximately $8 to $10 per square foot, is produced by several well-known brands, including Trex and Timbertech. Although the basic idea of composite decking is the same among all companies, each manufacturer puts their spin on the concept, so make sure you do your research. Overall, though, composite deck boards consist of some type of core covered on one or both sides with a composite material that typically looks like wood. One of the reasons composite decking is currently popular is that it is available in far more colors than natural wood. It also requires almost no upkeep once it is installed, which is appealing to many homeowners.
- PVC decking – PVC decking is, in many ways, akin to composite decking. The price point is almost identical, and the appearance, once it is installed, is also similar. PVC decking is known for being resistant to almost all stains, which is a major selling point for homeowners who host a lot of outdoor parties with punches and other beverages.
If you are ready to add a deck to your home, allow the Hatch Homes crew to handle the job. We live and play in the Carolinas too, so we know what makes a great outdoor space. We can’t wait to get started and look forward to giving you and your family a place to make memories for years into the future.