Finding the ideal decking material for your home can be a difficult task. Fortunately, you've arrived to the right location. Pacific Coast Contracting can assist you in all of these areas, saving you time and effort. We use our carpenters' significant knowledge in the decking building industry to evaluate the various decking options available in the Canadian market based on a number of crucial factors.

Popular Materials-

  1. Softwood

  2. Hardwood 

  3. Cedar & Redwood

  4. Wood Plastic Composite

  5. Poly Vinyl Chloride

Deck can be built in an underused side yard, over a garage, or even snuggled against a hill or a slope, depending on the size of your outdoor space. You may add levels to your decking and completely change the look of your house by using different forms and designs. Take a look at some of our deck ideas below for inspiration if you decide to add a decking element to your outdoor space.

Decks

Have you considered adding a beautiful outdoor entertaining deck space to your house but are unsure where to begin? Is it better to use pine wood or Merbau wood? Is it better to go with composite decking? This is where PCC comes into play. Our expertise and knowledge can assist you in creating the deck of your dreams.

Popular Decking Materials

Choosing a decking material used to be a straightforward task because wood was the only option. Other possibilities today include composite, plastic, and even metal. Traditionalists will always regard wood as the only real decking material, but emerging alternatives offer a slew of appealing features, including low maintenance and longevity.

While researching your options, take your time. Exploring all of the alternatives can lead you to a material you've never considered or even heard of before. We've compiled a list of some of the most popular choices below.

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Softwood 

Because of its affordability and natural beauty, softwood has remained a popular decking material. Radia pine, a type of softwood, is harvested in a sustainable manner. Copper chrome arsenate (CCA) is used to protect it from termites.

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Climatic Compatibility

Treated pine wood can survive a wide range of climatic conditions due to its low moisture content.

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Durability

To guarantee that softwood can endure the elements, including as mildew, termites, and weather damage, it must first be treated with a technique known as pressure-treating.

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Installation

Treated wood is lightweight and flexible, making it simple to install the boards on your own.

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Maintenance

It must be sealed on a regular basis to keep it in good condition. Oiling every 12 months is recommended, as is sanding dents and scuff marks.

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Sustainability

Many of the chemicals used to treat softwood are harmful, making recycling challenging.

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Hardwood

Because of its affordability and natural beauty, softwood has remained a popular decking material. Radia pine, a type of softwood, is harvested in a sustainable manner. Copper chrome arsenate (CCA) is used to protect it from termites.

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Climatic Compatibility

Different hardwoods are better suited to different climates. It's also the fire-resistant wood available.

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Durability

Hardwoods are thick, which means they don't shrink readily and are extremely long-lasting. Most hardwoods are also rot and termite resistant.

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Installation

You may install the boards yourself if you are a DIYer. Please keep in mind that due to their density, some hardwoods may be difficult to drill and nail.

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Maintenance

Finishing and oiling them once a year is required to keep them in good condition. It's a good thing that some items exist to help you extend the life of your wood.

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Sustainability

Many hardwoods are cultivated in plantations to ensure their long-term viability. Making it the most environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution

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Cedar & Redwood

Because cedar and redwood belong to the same genus, they have comparable qualities, although the former is less thick and can bend more without breaking. It also contains less natural oil, making staining simpler.

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Climatic Compatibility

Treatment procedures for cedar allow it to withstand a variety of climates and weather conditions.

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Durability

Cedar has a long history of being used for decking and home construction. It's a long-lasting wood that resists rot, decay, and insect assaults, as well as moisture absorption.

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Installation

For quick and easy installation, planks are smoothly joined using a matching tongue and groove system.

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Maintenance

Cedar should be stained or sealed regularly. You can always go for a natural, unfinished look, but you'll need to seal it every few years.

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It is renewable and biodegradable, and has a net negative greenhouse gas effect.

Sustainability

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Wood Plastic Composites

Reclaimed wood fibre and recycled polyethylene make up wood-plastic composites (WPC). The polymer encases the wood fibres, protecting them from the elements while maintaining their natural appearance.

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Climatic Compatibility

WPC is resistant to changes in Canadian weather, making it a dependable option no matter where you are in the country.

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Durability

Cedar has a long history of being used for decking and home construction. It's a long-lasting wood that resists rot, decay, and insect assaults, as well as moisture absorption.

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Installation

You can install composites on your own, but they can be fairly heavy. Make sure you have enough of people to assist you.

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Maintenance

It doesn't require refinishing or sealing, but washing the deck every three to four years is recommended to eradicate mold that may be attracted to the wood.

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Sustainability

Composite decking materials may include toxic substances and cannot be recycled, despite the fact that they can incorporate salvaged wood and recycled plastic.

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PVC Vinyl

Composite decking refers to deck boards with cores constructed of either 100 percent polymer or a mix of organic wood flakes and polymers. Composite deck boards can be encased partially or completely, resulting in a three- or four-sided cap. Unlike traditional wood, most composite deck boards have an exterior capping that acts as a structural layer of protection.

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Climatic Compatibility

Prolonged exposure to the sun makes the color fade and the material itself brittle. PVC shrinks and swells in cold and heat.

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It is mold and rot resistant because it does not contain any wood.

Durability

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PVC is incredibly lightweight so installation is less labor intensive.

Installation

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Maintenance

It requires very little maintenance and is stain resistant. If damaged, repair can be difficult though.

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Recycled plastic is used in a lot of PVC decking.

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Types of Decks

When it comes to building a new deck, there are numerous alternatives and variables to consider. Hopefully, this section will offer you with a useful list of things to think about while you make your decision.

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Wrap Around Deck

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Wraparound decks are similar to traditional wraparound porches. Parts of it, unlike a porch, can be wider, more irregular, and appear more like a room. Wraparound decks are frequently slightly higher as well.

A wraparound deck has several advantages, including expanding your home's living space, assisting with air circulation when access doors are open, and allowing you to follow the sun/shade throughout the day.

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Multi Tier Deck

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If you have a large property or your property changes in elevation, a multi-tier deck, often known as a two-story deck, is the best option. You'll have various levels of decking connected by steps or pathways. A multi-tier deck may be all you can fit, especially if you have a difficult environment with hills, slopes, and/or rocky landscape.

A multi-tier deck has the advantage of optimising space and establishing unique places on different levels. It can also act as an elaborate, attractive design in and of itself, giving your room a great visual appeal.

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Attached Deck

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An attached deck is comparable to a patio, but it's composed of wood or wood composite decking materials instead of concrete (the best decking materials out there). It is usually attached to the back of an L-shaped or U-shaped house and is slightly higher.

Clients add decks to their homes to expand their living and entertaining areas. A handrail or railing will usually surround them, and they may be covered by a roof. Drop down canvas or poly shades can be added to covered decks to provide shade in the summer or function as windbreaks and heat retention in the winter. These decks can significantly increase the value of an existing home.

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Detached Deck

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An attached deck is comparable to a patio, but it's composed of wood or wood composite decking materials instead of concrete (the best decking materials out there). It is usually attached to the back of an L-shaped or U-shaped house and is slightly higher.

Clients add decks to their homes to expand their living and entertaining areas. A handrail or railing will usually surround them, and they may be covered by a roof. Drop down canvas or poly shades can be added to covered decks to provide shade in the summer or function as windbreaks and heat retention in the winter. These decks can significantly increase the value of an existing home.

 
 
 
 

PCC can Help!

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Not sure which design would be best for your property? Or have anything else on your mind? 
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Phone: +1(604)554-0962; Email: info@pacificcoastcontracting.ca
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