If you want to build a deck for your coastal home, you should carefully think about what materials you want to use. Weighing each material’s benefits and disadvantages will help you to make a decision you are most satisfied with in the end. Here are some of the best materials for beach decking you might consider.
Wood is the most traditional option when it comes to decking. This lends it to be one of the most visually-appealing because of its natural look and the seaside associations people have with it. By naturally water-resistant wood, your deck can be relatively resilient even in a coastal location. Examples of these types of wood include cedar and redwood.
Compared to other materials, however, wood necessitates ample maintenance. It needs to be sealed and stained to prevent UV discoloration, and even with water resistance, you have to refinish it periodically. In addition to sunlight, salt and sand can damage untreated wood as well.
Though less commonly seen, fiberglass is another feasible material you can use for a beach deck. It’s more water-resistant than wood because it cannot absorb water at all, and it cannot be corroded by the salts and other chemicals in seawater. Moreover, unlike wood, it’s not susceptible to cracking or temperature-induced warping.
On the other hand, fiberglass decking can still be scratched and chipped. The material is also much heavier than wood, which can change how viable it is depending on the specific area you’re building in.
When it’s high quality, plastic lumber is by far one of the best materials to choose for coastal decking. It can mimic regular wood’s appearance but does not bring with it the same drawbacks. Instead, plastic lumber boasts great resistance to water, UV light, and rot. These qualities allow it to be lower maintenance than wood, as it retains its appearance and structural integrity under pressure of the elements. Depending on the size of the deck you are building, you can choose different types of recycled plastic lumber with more flexibility or more rigidity and load-bearing capability. One drawback this material does have though is that it cannot be refinished if it is scratched or discolored, so keep that in mind.