See The Best Types of Deck Materials And Their Pros & Cons

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A deck is an ideal spot for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoying the beauty that is nature. Once upon a time, building a deck was a very easy process. The go-to material was wood because wood was the only available choice then. Today, other types of deck materials flood the market, ranging from PVC to composite, and lots more.

Traditionalists might always see wood as the best deck material, but the new alternatives offer so many benefits that are just alluring. Some of these benefits include; better aesthetics, low maintenance requirements, and longevity.

This article will open your mind to some of the best types of deck materials you’ve never considered or even heard about. Along that, I will highlight all the ins and outs of each material to help you make an informed decision on the best type for your home. Let’s get started.

Types of deck materials

If you are planning or building a new deck or upgrading an already existing one, choosing the right material is a very important decision. Here are the best types;

1. Wood decking

wood decking

Wood decking is the traditional or go-to material for outdoor decks and it is common for a reason. The reason is that it is strong and offers a natural look that one would expect from a deck. Wood decks can be made from different materials pressure-treated lumber, cedar, spanning softwood, hardwood, or redwood.

Wood decking is best for homeowners who value or prefer a natural look and feel and do not mind the maintenance requirement of wood decking.


  • Can be stained or painted to match the architectural style of the home
  • Very easy to work with
  • Offer a natural look and feel
  • Generally strong


  • High maintenance need, which includes; sealing, painting, and cleaning
  • Prone to damages such as cracks, warping, and splintering
  • Susceptible to rot, insect damage, and weathering as it ages

2. Composite decking

Composite decking

Composite decking or WPC decking is a material made from a unique blend of wood and plastic, roughly a 50/50 mix. It comes in a range of colors and finishes and can be made to resemble wood. WPC decking is best for homeowners who want a low-maintenance deck and still want the look of natural wood.


  • Low maintenance need
  • Very durable
  • Can be made to look like natural wood
  • Most brands are eco-friendly


  • Can be more expensive than wood decking
  • Not real wood
  • Not completely maintenance-free
  • Can be slippery when wet
  • Not scratch and stain-resistant

3. PVC decking

PVC deck

PVC decking is made from a blend of polymers (usually polypropylene and/or polyvinyl chloride). It became a very popular choice because it is almost completely maintenance-free, that is except for the occasional cleaning. This material is a great choice because of its long-term value as well as its low maintenance need.


  • Very low maintenance requirement
  • Resistant to scratching, stains, and fading
  • No painting or staining required
  • Extremely durable


  • More expensive than wood, and even some composite deck brands
  • Limited option in terms of color
  • Prone to expansion and contraction in extreme temperature
  • Squeaks when you walk on it

4. Aluminum decking

Aluminum decking

While aluminum is not as popular as other types of deck materials, it is still actually an ideal material. Aluminum decking is made of lightweight aluminum that is resistant to rust, corrosion, and moisture. Aluminum decking also has low maintenance needs and comes in various colors and finishes. This decking material is ideal for homeowners who want a stylish yet durable decking material option.


  • Gives the deck a modern and stylish aesthetics
  • Extremely durable and long-lasting
  • Low maintenance requirements
  • Resistant to fire, insects, weather or temperature


  • Can be slippery when wet
  • Very expensive, compared to the others


What is the most expensive decking material?

Aluminum is the most expensive decking material and has a lifespan of 30 years and above.

What is the cheapest decking material?

In terms of price, wood is considered as the cheapest material for decking.

Which decking material lasts longer?

Composite material is the longest-lasting deck material.

Conclusion – Choosing the best type of decking material for your home

Now that you have a better understanding of the types of decks and their pros and cons, it is time to decide which material is best. To help out, I will outline some factors to consider.

Firstly consider your budget, how much are you willing to spend on the deck? If you happen to be on a tight budget, it is best to go for more affordable options. Wood decking and PVC decking are some of the most affordable options if you are on a limited budget.

Secondly, consider the durability and maintenance need. How much time you are willing to put into maintaining your deck will impact its durability. Composite decks and aluminum decks have lower maintenance requirements, so they are bound to last long even if not properly maintained.

Lastly, consider the climate condition of your region. Some deck materials do not work well when exposed to extreme temperature, moisture, or sunlight. By taking into account these factors, making an informed decision should be very easy for you.

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