Decking Options

By: Philip Hollett

Decking Options

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When you decide it’s time to install or replace a deck surface, you may find there are more choices than you had expected. There are many new materials and installation options that have come to the market over just the past few years.

For example, in addition to traditional wood decking, there are contemporary synthetic and composite materials that possess properties that are remarkably similar to natural wood species – in terms of texture, appearance, density and workability. However, these materials offer superior durability in tough weather conditions and a wider range of colours than natural surfaces.

In addition, manufactured decking surfaces provide barefoot comfort without worry of splinters, as well as water-shedding properties that help improve traction after a rainstorm.

Synthetic materials are also very popular when it comes to railings and steps thanks to innovative installation systems that are easy enough for most industrious homeowners to tackle. Many offer pre-cut and/or interlocking pieces. As well, certain aluminium installations are enjoying renewed popularity thanks to new options that are clad in vinyl for extended protection and reduced maintenance.

With that being said, our personal preference is an exotic natural wood. Our feet first came into contact with it while at an outdoor spa and from that moment on, we knew we had to have it.   It's called red balau. Aside from being  extremely comfortable & durable, red balau is also unique in color. It's reddish-brown color will turn into a silverish-gray if you allow weathering. It is a durable hardwood that is often compared to teak though it comes in at a cheaper price. 

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