Many homeowners choose pressure-treated wood decking because it is familiar, readily available and affordable. The wood provides a classic/traditional look, and it’s hard to argue against the natural appearance it provides. Most deck contractors will estimate the lifespan of pressure-treated wood decking at 15-20 years, depending on location, how well it has been maintained and what weather conditions it has been exposed to. If you want to extend the lifespan, maintenance costs will be involved. But if you aren’t willing to maintain it, then you’ll reduce the lifespan significantly.
If your primary concern is saving money, then pressure-treated wood decking is the way to go, but before that, think how much effort you are willing to put into your new deck. You have to be aware that pressure-treated wood decking has high maintenance requirements. You must clean it regularly throughout the year and do deeper cleans via pressure washing or scrubbing annually. This type of decking also requires restaining or repainting every couple of years.
So, in about 8-10 years of maintenance, costs can add up and reach the level of the maintenance-free composite deck.
Wood Decking Pros:
* Pressure-treated wood decking is the cheapest decking option on the Canadian market.
* Pressure-treated wood decking is durable and lasts decades with regular maintenance.
* High maintenance requirements will cause many headaches and budget "leaks".
If you are ready to start your project and have questions about the deck-building process or decking options, don’t hesitate to contact us.