Decking materials

Until a few years ago, there were two choices in decking materials – cedar and green treated pine. Today there are all kinds of materials from which to build a deck. Upon installation, cedar and green treated pine are good-looking. Both materials are resistant to decay in time. However, cedar and green treated pine are susceptible to graying, checking, and cracking. Also, they are magnets for dirt. Decks of cedar and green treated lumber require staining annually to maintain their appearance. Many homeowners hate the maintenance necessary to keep cedar and green treated pine from looking dirty and gray year after year. Several products have become available to grant homeowners reprieve from this maintenance.