One of the major downsides of a wooden deck is the fact that it is susceptible to rot and pest damage, which composite materials are immune to. Most wooden decks are made out of pressure treated pine, which is able to stand up to water exposure for a short period but requires regular maintenance to sustain itself. However, if you want to preserve the natural aesthetic of a wooden deck while limiting the possibility of rot damage to your deck, you can choose to build your deck out of naturally rot resistant wood, which will reduce the likelihood of damage to your deck and the amount of maintenance that you will have to do, cutting down on long term costs. Here are four options to consider:

Redwood

Redwood is a fairly common hardwood that is able to stand up to extreme weather and exposure without succumbing to rot and warping. Redwood decking tends to be fairly expensive, however, when compared to traditional pine decking, and is harder to stain than other types of wood, which means that it can be hard to customize the look of a redwood deck to match the aesthetic of your home.

Cypress

Another common hardwood, Cypress decking is not as strong as Redwood decking is, but it can accept stain and paint much better, which means that you can customize the look of your deck to a greater degree. Furthermore, Cypress decking tends to be fairly inexpensive, which means that it is a much better option for those operating under a budget when compared to Redwood. However, it should be taken into account that Cypress will cost much more than a traditional Pine deck.

Teak

A tropical hardwood, Teak decking is extremely rot resistant and dense, and will hold up better than almost any other type of wood. In fact, Teak decking doesn't even need to be finished to stand up to extreme weather, and will never rot. However, because it is so hard, Teak is hard to work with, which makes decks made out of Teak extremely expensive, as well as very time consuming.

Cedar

A more common option than any of the three above woods, Cedar, especially Red Cedar, is extremely rot resistant and fairly inexpensive. In fact, after Pine, Cedar is the most common type of wood used for decking because of its low price and availability. For those operating under a tight budget and looking for a deck that can hold up to moderate weather without rotting, and that is also able to be stained and finished, Cedar is, by far, the best option available.

For more information about caring for your deck, contact a local deck waterproofing company like Hallmark Waterproofing Inc.

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