A new deck boosts both the look and function of your home, as well as the value. When considering adding a deck to your home or replacing an existing one, it’s important to think about how you will use it and what type of material will work best for your lifestyle. Not too long ago, redwood and cedar were the only decking options available. Today we are living in a time of abundant choice, so it’s no surprise that decking options have grown exponentially over the past few years. Nowadays, there’s a vast array of decking materials available, some of which don’t have a trace of wood in them.


Wood decking is the oldest and one of the most popular material choices available on the market today. Wood decks help provide a warm and inviting place to gather outdoors that adds both beauty and function. Many feel as though the natural beauty of wood can’t be matched by the newer material choices available today. Wood is the easiest decking material to install and can be stained to stand out or match the color of your home. Wood decks are generally a less expensive option compared to other materials, but require more maintenance.

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Wood-plastic composite decks are growing in popularity and becoming a favorite for many homeowners. Composite decking resembles natural wood and is typically made up of a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers. They’re generally more expensive than wood decks, but require less maintenance. Composite decks won’t rot like wood decking, but can fade in color if not cleaned regularly. Fading can be avoided by removing stains as you see them, and sweeping the deck with soapy water a few times a year.


Vinyl decking, also known as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the newest non-wood decking materials available on the market today. Besides being the newest, vinyl decking requires the least amount of maintenance, even less than composite. Vinyl decking is long-lasting, looks similar to wood, comes in a variety of colors and textures, and can handle the harsh Midwest seasons. Because of its durability, it’s also an especially smart choice for homeowners with kids and pets. Plus, vinyl decking doesn’t heat up in the sun like other materials, making it a favorite for regions with hotter climates, like the Midwest (in the summer). Although vinyl decking is more expensive than natural wood, it’s practically maintenance-free and will last a lifetime.

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Whether you want to replace your existing deck or add an entirely new outdoor space to your backyard, BOLT can help! At BOLT Construction & Roofing we build custom decks that are sure to add elegance and value to your home. We offer only the best products and workmanship to ensure your investment is built to last. Our team of experts, along with our affordable pricing options, will get you the quality deck you need. Call BOLT Construction & Roofing today for a free decking estimate.