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Choosing the perfect deck material

While cost is often the most influential factor involved in making a decking material selection, there are other factors that the homeowner should consider such as workability, durability, insect resistance. Here a some options to explore to make an informed choice.

Fasteners

Selecting the appropriate fasteners, anchors, and hardware for a deck project is important. Fasteners could begin to corrode, to fail structurally, and to stain materials if the two are not compatible, i.e., pressure-treated wood, cedar and Ipe will destroy copper. Electroplated galvanizing fasteners are not recommended. Select high corrosion-resistant stainless steel when available.

There are many hidden fastener systems available as well. Hardwoods such as Ipe can also be purchased with the clips already milled into the wood. Composites and vinyl systems are most well known for their proprietary hidden fastener systems.
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Hot-dipped Galvanized
Stainless Steel
Aluminium
Copper
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Pressure-Treated Wood
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Cedar
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Redwood
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Ipe
 
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Composite
 
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Euro-tiles
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Hot-dipped Galvanized
Stainless Steel
Aluminium
Copper
Hidden Fastener System
Use Manufacturer's Associated Fasteners
Pressure-Treated Wood
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Cedar
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Redwood
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Ipe
 
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Composite
 
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For more information and tips on planning your project, read our guide Plan the construction of a deck.

Sustainability

Environmental and sustainability factors are common considerations when selecting deck materials. Pressure-treated wood is now manufactured with chemicals that are less harmful than in previous years. Composites are made from wood fibers and recycled plastics. Vinyl can be recycled into new material. Novelty woods such as cedar, redwood, and tropical Ipe can be purchased from suppliers that follow regulations supplied by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) of the U.S. and Canada*.
RONA sells more than one hundred environment-friendly products for deck building.

Look for the ECO logo to ensure you are making environmentally sensitive purchasing decisions.
*The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) provides a certification to wood products that have been cared for and harvested with approved sustainable procedures by approved providers.

Expert tip

Verify disposal regulations rather than tossing scrap materials into your local landfill. Pressure-treated lumber has chemicals that would harm the environment if left to leach into soil. If your scrap pile is considerable, consider offering it to a building re-purposing store.

A note about materials

Pressure-treated wood is regularly used for the deck's framing and foundation structures, regardless of whether it is used as the finish decking material. P.T. wood is selected because of its favorable cost and durability.
Keep in mind that when selecting both composite and vinyl decking materials, that each manufacturer may have their own set of fasteners, tools, and recommendations for their proprietary system. Oftentimes, the manufacturer will also offer checklists and installation videos. This additional support from a manufacturer can be very helpful for a homeowner.
Remember, you can always call on qualified professional help.

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