What is the best material to use for a deck floor?

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 04, 2018
    The Economic Answer: Pressure-Treated Lumber. Despite all the competition, this ubiquitous green-tinted wood is still the No. 1 decking material sold today.

    Naturally Superior: Redwood and Cedar.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 04, 2018
    Hi, you can purchase outdoor vinyl covering for decking it is really nice and easy on the feet

  • Gk Gk on Jul 04, 2018
    Green treat, brown treat or cedar. They will stand up to the weather the best. Do not stain for 1-2 years then chose a stain that soaks into the wood rather than one that sits on the top.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018
    If youlre looking to minimize upkeep, go with Trex or similar, but note that the surface may become hotter than wood. Ipe wood is great, if you can afford it.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jul 04, 2018
    I agree that pressure-treated lumber is the less expensive choice for wood decking. Cedar and redwood are more expensive rot-resistant woods. All wood should be sealed, and many products must be repeated yearly or every other year. If you cannot commit to this maintenance the following options may be better for you.
    Composite decking is a combination of wood and plastic resin that does not need sealing. It is more expensive than natural wood. It may, however, bend, twist or have other problems of natural wood. It is definitely hot underfoot so roofing or shade sails are necessary, especially in hot climates.
    PVC decking also has low maintenance. It does not fade or stain, rot or mold, so has a long warranty. It is more expensive than composite decking. There is some question as to how far apart joists should be spaced, with some recommending 12" centers over the normal 16".
    Finally, there is aluminum decking. It is the most expensive of deck materials. Manufacturers claim it to be stronger and most durable and it is least effected by heat/thaw cycles. It does not pretend to look like wood, but the painted finish is durable, slip-resistant and supposedly cooler to walk on than even wood decking. It can be noisy to walk on, though.
    Here is a site that advises on decks. https://www.deckstainhelp.com/ While you are not yet ready to stain or seal your deck, you should save this site to your Bookmarks. However, you should go ahead and read the article Staining A New Deck as it gives info on how long to wait before staining or sealing. The site also rates various stains and sealers as to how long and how well they hold up. Stains and sealers need to be applied sooner than the manufacturer claims. Longevity and durability vary by sun exposure, climate and usage; entries, stairways or places where people congregate will wear more quickly.

    • Aleta Aleta on Jul 04, 2018
      Thank you so much for your very informative information.