Home value is a huge factor when considering home renovation projects. One project that has been proven to be an excellent home investment is deck additions. Decks don't merely expand a home's living space, they also add to its value. According to the North American Deck and Railing Association , you can realize a 100% return on your investment. The first step in building a long-lasting deck is choosing the appropriate materials. Luckily, we've created a convenient guide to finding the best materials for your deck.

Pressure-treated wood: Pressure-treated wood decks are perfect for locations with high moisture. Not only will these decks resist splitting or warping if treated properly, they are also less prone to rot and insect damage. Decks made with pressure-treated wood only need to be washed once a year and finished with a preservative sealer. With the proper care, they can last up to 30 years! Redwood & cedar wood: Decks made with redwood and cedar wood are naturally insect, decay, and fire-resistant. They are simple to stain and paint, but remember that because these woods are soft, they are prone to marring and denting. Wood & plastic composite: Wood and plastic composite are also a great alternative. They have the style of real wood but don't rot, shrink, splinter, or need an annual sealing. This wood alternative is available in a variety of colors and textures and can be cleaned with soap and water. Many even have warranties that guarantee a lifetime of use. Rubber composite: Constructing your deck with rubber composite is an option that is not widely available, but is a sustainable option. Made with a mix of polyethylene resins and recycled tires, rubber composite can withstand extreme heat and cold. No matter what materials you decide to use when building a long lasting deck, one thing is for sure: home deck investments are worth the hard work and money not only in the expansion of your living space, but the value of your home. (sources: Better Homes and Gardens, North American Deck and Railing Association)