Milton Real Estate - Katherine Barnett, Broker

How to choose the right material for your deck

  • Katherine Barnett
  • 12 June 2017


Looking to take on an outdoor patio or deck project as the weather warms up? There are several deck materials to consider, that each have their own unique features and benefits. It is important to weigh these considerations carefully prior to starting your project.

Pressure-treated. This wood is among the most popular and cost-effective options for decking materials. A versatile wood, it allows for bending and cutting to accommodate various designs. It also resists rot, decay and termite infestation, and has a limited lifetime warranty.

Cedar. If you seek the natural look of a wood deck, then cedar should be high on your list of considerations. This premium decking material is known for its grain texture and rustic appeal. It's also naturally resistant to decay and insect damage, making it a reliable choice for the outdoors. Like other wood decking choices, cedar does need cleaning and resealing every few years to maintain its original colour.

Composite decking. This exceptionally durable material resembles wood, but does not require painting or staining. It's the perfect deck to walk barefoot on in the summer — it will not crack, splinter or rot. Composite decking also offers the realistic colour variation of exotic hardwoods, and many boards come with grooves on the edges for easy installation.

Heat-treated decking.  Durable heat- and steam-treated wood is less likely to warp, expand, contract, or attract mildew and mould. This lightweight material — also referred to as thermally modified wood — has a smooth, splinter and chemical-free finish in a deep, even tone that, if left untreated, will age naturally into a silver-grey shade. A reliable option is Thermory heat-treated decking, available at The Home Depot Canada.

Your overall goals. When you're looking at the pros and cons of each material, make sure to consider your budget, preferred design and future deck maintenance. This will help you get the most out of your newly updated living space as the weather heats up.