I was looking to have a deck installed in my back yard with hot tub in the
side of it.... I was wondering the benefits of having a wooden deck vs. a
plastic deck....... any opinions or suggestions welcome....
Right so far, but expand your horizons. Deck from mahogany or ipe will last
30 or 40 years with no maintenance. Put a coat of Penofin oil every couple
of years and figure it will last over 50 years. It looks richer and is
better constructed. This past summer I bought some mahogany decking to build
a bench and paid $1.80 a lineal foot while ipe was $2.10.
Plastic may last, but it is more flexible, requires closer spaced supports.
I've not seen a deck complete with it, but looking at the material in the
store, I was not impressed.
Wood is less expensive, stronger (needs less supports). Higher
maintenance, more splintering.
Plastic is more expensive, needs more support and comes in limited
colors. No maintenance or splinters though.
A wood substitute such as Trex or Certainteed's products might be
another choice. Better woods are also available than conventional PT
decking, like Redwood, Teak, Ipe and so on.
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