It is no secret that Canada has some of the harshest winters in the world, but also some of the most beautiful summers. Your backyard deck is one of the best places to hang out and relax during our short but hot summer season. To ensure you spend as much time as possible enjoying your deck, it’s important to invest in materials that are built to last. Read on to learn more about the best deck materials made for Canada.
Composite decks are one of the most preferred material choices, especially in Canada. Even though they are a bit more expensive, they are long lasting and are extremely low maintenance. The materials that make up a composite deck are a mix of reclaimed low-density plastic and recycled wood. The low-density plastic allows composite to not retain heat, allowing you to walk on it without burning your feet. Additionally, the recycled wood ensures the deck will resist damage from moisture. This makes it a great fit for around a pool!
Wooden decks are a good option for Canadian homes. In particular, redwood, cedar, and pressure treated lumber (PTL) are your best wooden deck options. These three options are very durable and resistant to moisture, much like composite. They need more maintenance and require pressure washing every season and staining every few years if you want them to keep their colour.
Cedar is a beloved deck material known for its natural appearance. It naturally resists both rot and insect infestation and does not warp or crack easily in the cold. Cedar matches its atmosphere, making it a great pick for Canada.
Redwood is very similar to cedar with its resistance to insects, rotting and moisture. However, it is especially desired for its rich colour and resistance that comes from natural oils and tannis. Should you prefer to keep your redwood deck looking extra fresh, you can try staining more frequently, possibly every other year.
Pressure Treated Lumber
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Pressure Treated Lumber is famously known for its cost efficiency and accessibility. Being on the cheaper side makes it one of the most commonly chosen deck materials. Pressure Treated Lumber is also durable for Canadian winters, and it sure to last.
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Alumunium is a great choice when wanting to pay more upfront in order to save money in the long run. This material is definitely expensive, but exceptionally strong and lightweight, enabling it to be one of the more pristine choices. Unlike wood based choices, aluminum will not give you splinters, is fire resistant and does not warp or crack. However, it does not have the same traction wood does, and is a bit more limited when it comes to your colour choices. Aluminum does have an eco-friendly factor, meaning if you ever want to change your deck, you can recycle it!
Choosing a deck is not a quick decision, and depending on your budget, longevity, durability and maintenance requirements, you want to choose right the first time! Alleviate some stress and connect with a pro today to decide which deck best suits your needs.