Depending on the size and budget of your deck, there are many options for what type of decking material to use. Additional considerations should include deck maintenance, repair, and cleaning. Explore the pros and cons of each material and find your local Mr. Handyman today for safe, reliable, and professional help with all your decking needs.


Perhaps the most popular option for decking, pressure-treated wood is the go-to for many homeowners.

  • Pros

In most cases, pressure-treated wood is the most economical option in the short term and carries with it a remarkable lifespan. It is also durable enough to handle moving furniture, grills, and whatever else you plan to keep on your deck.

  • Cons

This type of wood can be susceptible to warping and knots, and can also require frequent deck repair, maintenance, and re-staining.


Composite decking is made from recycled materials and is gaining in popularity for its consistent look and minimal maintenance.

  • Pros

No need to worry about deck maintenance – most regular cleaning can be handled with a hose. Also, boards are nearly identical and warp and knot-free.

  • Cons

Composite decking is typically more expensive in the short term, but the costs saved on future cleaning, re-staining, and deck repair may make it the more economical long-term option.


There's simply no substitute for natural, high-quality wood. However, there are some downsides to cedar decking.

  • Pros

New cedar decking carries unrivaled beauty. Additionally, boards are generally more warp-free than pressure-treated decking, making installation and deck repair less of a headache.

  • Cons

To retain the natural beauty of cedar decking, it needs to be consistently cleaned and resealed. Even with careful and constant care, these boards typically lose their vibrant look faster than the other materials.

Deck maintenance, repair, and cleaning - Mr. Handyman can do it all. No matter which decking material is outside your door, each Mr. Handyman contractor has a minimum of 10 years of experience and can take care of your "To Do" list.

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