Here at SRI Decks, we believe that deck care should be as simple as possible. Read on to learn about materials that make it easy to prolong the life of your deck.

Jeremy Yamaguchi

Jeremy Yamaguchi

Jeremy Yamaguchi, CEO of Lawn Love.

PVC Decking

I would recommend PVC decking. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride (also commonly called synthetic decking). This kind of decking is made entirely out of plastic, so it’s extremely weather-resistant and won’t splinter or warp like wood can. There is basically no maintenance, other than the occasional sweep to get any dirt or leaves off. PVC decking also looks great, meaning you’ll be happy with its overall appearance.

Cedar and Composite Materials

The best thing you can do for yourself is to pick a material that naturally resists the elements. There are several options out there, but the best is cedar. Cedar can last for many years with little to no maintenance because it’s naturally resistant to rotting and insect infestation.

Another option is composites like recycled plastic and rubber. This is a more expensive option and though it’s not as naturally resistant to the elements, it can last for decades if cared for properly.

David Mason

David Mason

David Mason, Owner of The Knobs Company.
Melanie Musson

Melanie Musson

Melanie Musson is a home maintenance expert with

Composite Deck Material and Tigerwood

Composite decking materials are the best option for individuals who don’t want to deal with any deck maintenance.

Thankfully, composite decking materials have come a long way in the past 20 years. You can build a deck in just about any shade, it looks nearly identical to wood, and the surface doesn’t get blisteringly hot. (Those were all complaints about composite decks that have been remedied.)

If you’d prefer a maintenance-free wood deck, consider tigerwood. It’s an exotic wood and almost impermeable making it easy to care for.

Moisture and grime can get between the fibers of wooden decks and contribute to rotting. Composite decks are made of wood fibers and plastic. Moisture and grime can’t penetrate the fibers, so it doesn’t rot. And similarly, tigerwood’s fibers are so tight that they resist the detrimental effects of natural elements and dirt.

Thermally Modified Woods

Thermally modified wood decking is one of the best low-maintenance methods, especially for those who love the classic look of real wood. It is a method that has gained a lot of traction in the decking industry. The wood can withstand pretty much anything that you throw at it, so it doesn’t matter if you plan on throwing a lot of parties or if you live in an area with intense climates.

And while you may end up paying more for this level of performance, you can be assured that your deck will outlast any of your neighbors’ decks. Also, since modified wood decking uses bio-based liquids instead of harsh chemicals, it doesn’t negatively affect the environment. This makes thermal modified woods one of the greenest decking options on the current market.

Eden Cheng

Eden Cheng

Eden Cheng, Co-Founder of PeopleFinderFree.

Jonathan Tian

Jonathan Tian

Jonathan Tian, Co-Founder of

Pressure Treated Wood and Composites

Pressure treated wood
This is the most general decking choice for hassle-free maintenance. Budget-conscious homeowners will prefer its authenticity and the natural appeal of wood.

Composite materials are hassle-free for preservation and builders strongly prefer this combination of recycled plastic and wood fibers. The biggest benefit of composite decking is you don’t need to seal or stain it periodically. And as an added bonus, it will never warp, split, or crack due to weather conditions.

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