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What are some common decking materials?

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Pressure treated lumber, tropical hardwoods, cedar, redwood, composite materials and aluminum are common decking materials suggested by Popular Mechanics and This Old House. Each of these decking materials has its own benefits depending on climate conditions and desired landscaping appeal.

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Treated lumber appears at the top of many decking contractors lists due to its affordability. Other advantages to treated lumber are based on construction benefits, such as the lumber being easy to cut to specifications and connect using screws.

If curb appeal is what the homeowner is seeking, then redwood and cedar may be ideal due to their rich hues. Yearly maintenance is necessary.

Tropical hardwoods offer durability and protection against insects such as termites. Assembly generally requires hidden clips rather than screws. Composite options are composed of recycled plastic and wood fibers, and are highly resistant to weather damaged.

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