Choose the Best Material for a Deck Cover

A deck cover will make your outdoor space much more versatile. It will shelter you from direct sun and keep you dry in a light rain. Covered decks also add value to the home so your investment will pay off. When planning your deck cover you will have a number of different materials from which to choose, each with its own pros and cons, summarized here.

Traditional Wooden Deck Cover

Traditional deck covers are wooden and their character cannot be substituted by any other material. However, they are difficult to uphold and require annual maintenance and sealing. Common woods used in the building of deck covers are cedar, redwood, mahogany, and hardwoods from South America. The wooden surface is easy to paint and stain but may split or crack easily. These deck covers are initially low on the cost, but gradually work up higher than other materials.

Composite Deck Covers

Composite deck covers are made using a blend of plastic resin and wood fiber. These deck covers are very durable and do not split or warp easily. They are low maintenance materials and can be easily painted and stained. The composite deck cover is much expensive than wooden deck cover. The material is made using environmentally safe technology and scrap material does not end in landfills. The material is moisture resistant, rot resistant, and pest resistant.

Plastic and Vinyl Deck Covers

These deck covers look similar to composite deck covers. They lack structural strength and UV radiation may cause brittleness and breakage. Moreover, the material tends to expand at higher temperatures.

Aluminum Deck Covers

While aluminum deck covers are attractive and easy to clean, they are expensive and may dent.