Decks...

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....
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Pressure treated wood= Cheaper
Plastic= Longer lasting, less maint.
Larry
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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. Ed
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walk on it bare footed. Put up a 13 x 42 foot deck 12 feet above ground 5 years ago. Still in great condition with no maintenance. Won't stain or absorb water. Warren
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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.
Jeff
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