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The Best Decking Material for Halifax and Nova Scotia

At Zebra Contracting, we recognize that Decking can be very confusing, particularly when you are trying to decide what materials to use for your Halifax deck project. To aid you in this process, here is a brief description of different materials that can be used for your “dream deck” – including both the benefits as well as drawbacks of each. If you have any questions about decking that aren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We want to help you make the best choice – for your lifestyle and budget – so you truly have a “Unique Zebra Deck!”

Pressure treated wood material for decks in Nova Scotia

Pressure Treated

Pressure Treated Wood is the least expensive decking available. It is a sturdy material and termites do not prefer it, which is an added benefit. However, it takes the most maintenance of all the woods as it needs staining and power washing at least once every 2 years. It also splinters easier–so if you have children and don’t want a lot of maintenance it would not be the best choice.

  • Pricing: Least Expensive
  • Benefits: Low Cost; Insects don’t prefer it
  • Drawbacks: Splinters easier; Maintenance is high.
Western red cedar material for decks in Nova Scotia

Red Cedar

Cedar is a beautiful golden wood! It looks beautiful after staining. Cedar has to be power washed and stained every few years to keep its luster. It is a soft wood, so you must remember if you have pets that might scratch the wood it may not be your best choice. However, for certain homes, Cedar is an excellent choice. The investment is about 20% more than Treated Wood.

  • Pricing: About 50% more than PT
  • Benefits: Lighter maintenance, beautiful, softwood, very visually appealing.
  • Drawbacks: Scratches easier, so potentially not good for pets.
Composite and plastic PVC material for decks in Nova Scotia

Composite and Plastic

Composite is a wood and plastic combination. Composite is probably the fastest growing material for decking. There is never a need to stain this kind of decking. The only maintenance needed is a good spray of the garden hose, or for an extremely dirty deck a power wash. This will keep your deck looking great with not much effort. Composite is for people that choose to enjoy their deck and not worry about working on it too much!

  • Pricing: About 40% more than Cedar
  • Benefits: Light maintenance, only needs spraying.
  • Drawbacks: Somewhat more expensive.
Hardwood material for decks in Nova Scotia

Hardwood (Ipe)

Ipe is the trademark of the top quality premium hardwood decking line, which is manufactured from all clear heart premium grade selection of Brazilian Walnut (Lapacho). Produced from genuine hardwood, Ipe offers the homeowner a 20-year warranty against rot and decay. It doesn’t scratch like Cedar and has a beautiful warmth to it. With the 20-year warranty many people choose to go with Ipe.

  • Pricing: About 50% more than Cedar
  • Benefits: 20-year warranty. Top quality decking line.
  • Drawbacks: Somewhat more expensive.