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How to Choose the Best Material for Building your Great Falls VA Deck

There are many types of material used to build decks these days. While wood is the original decking material (and is still the most widely used), composite, plastic, and aluminum are also options. Depending on the type of home your place in Great Falls, VA is, any one of these could be a viable choice. They key is choosing the optimal material before having a deck builder company actually start to do any work. If you go into the process already having a good idea what type of deck you are looking for, you will already be way ahead of many other first time deck purchasers.

Let’s go through the pros and cons of each type of material:

(untreated) Wood
Pros: Normal wood is inexpensive, looks great, smells great, and it’s the authentic original deck material.
Cons: Untreated wood can split, giving you splinters on your feet or hands (from the handrails). Also the type of wood will change depending on availability in your region.

(treated) Wood
Pros: Wood that has been treated ahead of time will last longer, and also is not damaged by insects and the elements as easily.
Cons: This costs a little more than normal wood, and sometimes will not look as authentic (it tends to look a bit darker after the treatment process).

Composite
Pros: Weather resistant, stain resistant, lightweight, won’t splinter or rot, low maintenance, looks good, and is environmentally friendly.
Cons: Ages in time, can become very slippery, it will sag more than normal wood.

Plastic
Pros: Lightweight, weather resistant, easy to clean, eco-friendly
Cons: does not always look like wood and is weaker than wood and needs much more support.

Aluminum
Pros: sturdy, slip resistant, color lasts forever, stays cool, textured finish, fireproof, recyclable, won’t rot
Cons: It’s the most expensive and most people don’t like the look as much as a wood deck.

By looking through these ahead of time you can be sure to be ready with exactly which material you want when you call up our local Great Falls, VA Deck Builder branch. They really care about the people in Great Falls, VA, and look forward to helping you. NOVA Deck Doctor is one of the leading deck builder companies in the area, and we always love working with new clients.

See what some of our customers think

Now that the deck is done it is beautiful. We love the workmanship and just being able to sit out in the back of our house with friends and grill out. This company truly has our gold star approval for professionalism and quality of work.

- Sharon J.
Arlington, VA

The Deck Doctor crew worked clean and made sure all debris was removed upon completion. They even added a "sunburst" pattern to the deck railing at the entrance to give it a more inviting look.

- Scott H.
Alexandria, VA

They began building our deck the same day as the permit was granted, and finished in two days and clean up was spotless. We are delighted by the quality of the materials and workmanship.

- Mr. & Mrs. Peter J
Arlington, VA

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