What’s the best materials to use for a deck in the hot, humid Housto

by Sony
Wooden deck in the backyard with water resistant wood.

  4 answers
  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Jul 09, 2018
    The best product to use would be composite decking boards. They are virtually maintenance free, other than a wash every now and then. The downside is that they are super expensive. One board can cost $40.

  • Mindshift Mindshift on Jul 09, 2018

    I recently researched the available choices for decking. Each decking type below is more expensive than the previously listed.

    • Pressure-treated wood is the most economic choice followed by more expensive cedar and redwood. However, pressure-treating can cause more splitting, warping and twisting of the wood. All wood decking needs to be sealed, but you also need to wait for at least 1 month and up to as long as a year for the lumber to acclimate before sealing. The waiting period is partly decided by what type of finish you use. Treatment must be repeated as often as every two years for semi-transparent stain, and no product lasts longer than 5 years no matter what the label says. This link goes to an informative site about staining. Scroll down to Staining A New Deck , but save the page to your Bookmarks for reviewing later. https://www.deckstainhelp.com/category/deck-staining/
    • Composite decking combines wood fiber with plastic resin. It can warp or swell just like regular wood and can support algae and mold growth. It resists rot and is UV stable. It gets dangerously hot underfoot so is better under a roof or with shade sails. PVC decking is entirely polyvinyl chloride. It won't rot and is UV stable. Severe cold and heat can stress both composite and PVC materials and their fasteners, but cold stress is not a great concern for Houston. There is some discussion about support for both of these choices with recommendations for 12" centers instead of the normal 16". The surface of both of these only resembles wood, and no maintenance is required.
    • Aluminum decking is the most stable and durable. It has built in color and slip resistance. It doesn't even pretend to be wood. I include it here just for a full list of choices.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Jul 09, 2018
    Cedar planks are still a great choice for all weather types. Treat them before and after using a good stain. Good luck, Sony!

  • Sony Sony on Aug 06, 2018