A full deck replacement involves the teardown and replacement of the entire structure, from the substructure to the deck surface and railing. A common reason for a full deck replacement is rot and deterioration. Whether you are worried about the condition of your existing deck, are considering an upgrade, or want more outdoor living space, it’s important to understand your options.
As the demand for decks has increased, the price of materials has increased. The average cost to build a deck is around $7,700, but the size, materials, and labor required can dramatically increase the total cost.
Durability, maintenance, aesthetics, and cost are the top factors to consider when choosing decking materials. No two decks are the same, and with many factors to consider, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. That’s partly due to the number of material options now available to homeowners.
The three most commonly used materials for decking are pressure-treated wood, wood-composite products, or all-plastic decking made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Each type of material has pros and cons to consider.
The traditional and still popular deck material, wood decking, is usually pressure-treated softwood, like fir or pine. More expensive wood decking types, including redwood and teak, are not pressure-treated and must be finished to keep from weathering to a dull gray color. Wood decking requires regular maintenance, including scrubbing or power washing and restaining every few years. The long-term cost of wood decking should be considered along with the initial cost of the material. Wood decking is likely to need replacement sooner than other materials because it is prone to decay and rot over time.
There are two popular synthetic options for low-maintenance decking: composite and PVC decking.
Composite decking is a combination of recycled plastic and wood pulp. It uses high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a plastic commonly used to make detergent bottles, milk jugs, and buckets. The ratio of wood to plastic depends on the brand. Composite decking is more resistant to insects and moisture than natural wood.
Like composite, PVC is made from artificial materials, but it is 100% plastic. It is designed to minimize maintenance and prevent common problems associated with wood, such as mold and insect damage. PVC is easily customized and can be made to mimic the look of more expensive wood decking. Keeping it clean is simple because it’s 100% plastic – you can even safely power wash this material without fear of splintering.
Composite Versus PVC – Which Is Better?
It can be difficult for homeowners to choose since composite and PVC have a lot of common characteristics. They are both:
- Available in a range of colors
PVC has several advantages over composite decking. PVC decking is 100% recyclable. When composite materials reach the end of their lifespan, they go to a landfill. Decks made from PVC can be refinished or recycled. Since there is no organic material, mold and mildew cannot take hold. PVC is also lightweight, which makes it easier to transport and work with, so it’s easy to install at any height.
In summary, PVC has several advantages over composite decking materials. PVC is:
- 100% recyclable
- Easy to clean
- Resistant to mold and mildew
- More scratch resistant
- Provides better traction
A deck is one of the best investments you can make in your home. A new deck is the perfect place to enjoy Missouri’s warmer seasons, adding valuable square footage to your living space. Since a deck adds value, investing in a quality-built deck is important. Working with an experienced contractor is the best way to ensure your new deck meets all of your expectations and lasts for years.
Work With a Locally Owned and Operated Expert
Banner Construction has been in business since 1993, beautifying homes throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. We provide exterior restoration and replacement services, including James Hardie fiber cement siding, premium window replacements, and low-maintenance PVC decks.
We install capped PVC decks made with TimberTech AZEK™ Building Products. These decks provide the beauty of wood without the associated maintenance and upkeep. AZEK decking composites come in various finishes and colors and carry a 25-year limited warranty.
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for excellence in customer service and performance. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. 94% of our clients say they are likely to recommend us. Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a free consultation.