Deck Options: Decking Materials in 2015

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Saturday, September 12, 2015)

Patio Decks

It’s not too late to think about deck options and find the perfect decking material for summer 2015. One of the best parts of summer is walking through your patio doors to enjoy an outdoor dinner!

Items like a grill, a patio table with a gorgeous glass table top, and lots of comfy outside seating are key, but it’s hard to make up for a deck that is too small or in a state of disrepair. So whether you are replacing existing outdoor living space or adding a deck to your home for the first time, you’ll want to be aware of modern options in decking.

Wood, once the only material used to build decks, remains a popular choice. The most economical wood decking is made from pressure-treated lumber. This is a solid choice that offers a natural wood look at a price that many can afford. However, decks made of pressure treated wood do require significant maintenance and the boards are subject to cracking and warping.


It is possible to build a deck out of hardier wood that stands up better to time and the elements, but you have to be willing pay more. Cedar and redwood are American woods that are popular for decks, while uber dense tropical options like ipe and tigerwood are also prized.

If your heart is not set on natural wood, you can also consider –

  •  Composite decking
  •  Plastic lumber
  •  Aluminum decking

Composite decking is made from a blend of wood fibers and recycled plastic, while plastic lumber is all plastic with no wood. Both offer ease of use and appealing longevity. Finally, we have aluminum. Although not seen as commonly as the other options, aluminum decking offers a number of attractive features. It stays cool, is very durable, and is easy to work with. The downside? It is the most expensive of the options discussed.

To find the ideal decking for your project, consider your budget as well as your priorities. For instance, do you value the natural look and feel of wood above low-maintenance features? How much are you willing to pay for durability? When these questions are answered and your deck is complete, know that you can count on ABC for the glass or glass alternatives needed to complete your outdoor living space. Products offered include –

  •  Plexiglas and Lexan guards for safety rails
  •  Glass shelves and tabletops
  •  Patio doors
  •  And much more!

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