Selecting the Right Materials for Your Ottawa Deck

Platinum builds Ottawa decks all over the region, with a variety of different materials.  We’re happy to review with you the pro’s and cons of each material for your specific needs, The materials you select will each impact your Ottawa deck’s durability, availability, looks, and cost. Here are a few Ottawa deck material options:

As you can imagine, a little pricey but worth it as this popular, naturally rot-resistant wood (with sealant) will last a long time. You will need to seal twice a year – but most owners of these Ottawa decks say redwood is worth it! Keep in mind that the reddish hue is not suited to the look of every home.

Strong and durable, cedar provides a traditional, natural look. For your Ottawa deck, cedar will have a unique knotty look. It can either be sealed on all six sides prior to installation or left to weather naturally to a silver-gray. It is naturally resistant to decay and insects, but may not be appropriate for high-traffic areas because its softness.

Pressure-treated lumber
This is the most common and traditional material for Ottawa decks.  Extremely strong, you can let it age naturally or get it prestained. Treated lumber is the most affordable Ottawa deck material, and thanks to new laws restricting the chemicals used to preserve the wood, today’s treated lumber is safe. Pressure-treated lumber is an inexpensive choice, but requires yearly maintenance to maintain its good looks.

Composite Decking
A newly popular option for Ottawa decks, composite decking is available in a variety of colors and textures to mimic real wood without the maintenance. The smooth, even makeup of the decking means it will not warp, split, or splinter for barefoot enjoyment for years to come. And with warranties of up to 25 years, composite Ottawa decks never need staining or sealing.PVC Decking
Nearly identical to composite Ottawa decking, PVC decking has a PVC surface for added protection.

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