How to Choose Deck Building Material
Whether you’re in a cold weather climate and won’t be taking on your project winter passes, or can do it year round, it’s important to do your homework on what materials best suit your needs.
Your choices need to be based on what will be durable and safe, but also fits into your home’s aesthetics. There are many options to choose from when considering deck railing posts. Here are the pros and cons of each:
While the deck underneath your feet will be seeing most of the wear and tear from traffic and the elements, railings and posts are just as prominent (or more) in regards to what people see. That’s why it’s so important to make the right choices.
Here are some of the construction materials you’ll have to choose from:
Aluminum - If you’re in the market for railing that is not only lightweight but strong, look no further than aluminum. Yet another benefit is the price, as it is a very affordable option if you’re on a budget. The beauty of metal posts is that they can be made thinner than wood posts while still providing the necessary support.
Wood - Most decks use wood in their designs. There are plenty of positives about wood deck materials, such as affordability and visual appeal. However, wood can be damaged by water pretty easily, and must be maintained with paint or stain occasionally.
Stainless steel - If you compare stainless steel to aluminum, it’s heavier and pricier. But the positive tradeoff is the stunning visual appeal, especially with a brushed finish and paired up with cable railing.
Composite - Last on our list of the primary deck post materials is composite. No doubt, composite decking material are expensive. But what you get is durability, being able to withstand the fading effects of sun exposure and water.
The primary challenge in designing and building your dream deck is choosing materials that fit your budget, give you the look you want, yet also make sense from a durability perspective. Take your time to evaluate all of your options and speak with a home deck contractor for some expert insight.