Wood decks marry charm and economy
Wood is a popular decking material, chosen for its beauty and economy balance. Wood decks can add rusticity or charm to any home, imparting a natural richness with which composite or aluminum designs can't compete. Wood is also tremendously diverse. Popular Mechanics notes that as many as 75 percent of all new decks built are constructed of pressure-treated lumber--typically pine. Cedar, redwood and tropical hardwoods provide unique alternatives. Homeowners can also choose from a number of finishes, including a plethora of stain or paint colors.
While wood decking has its benefits, it also requires significant maintenance. Regular cleaning and staining will help protect it from the elements, and surfaces can be refinished now and again. Warped boards and pests like termites or carpenter bees are always a concern. When properly maintained, wood decking ages gracefully, which is why it is unlikely to fall from style anytime soon.