My deck is twenty-two years old. It’s held up well. The framing and posts are still like new. The decking boards and rails are showing a lot of damage. Deep cracks and openings are appearing on the top rail. I guess from the years of snow and ice during the winter. I don’t want to wait until my foot goes through a rotten board. I’ll probably fix the deck this year.
I see no need to replace anything except the rails and decking boards. I’ve heard the government doesn’t allow as much preservative in these boards anymore. So, the posts and framing I have is probably better than the crap they sell today.
I’m debating between pressured decking boards and cedar. I’m concerned about the maintenance for cedar. Looking on the web, I’ve seen comments that cedar requires constant sealing to keep it protected and that you actually have to strip the cedar every few years before resealing. That sounds like way more maintenance than I want to mess with. Is this true that cedar requires stripping and resealing every few years?
How much more does cedar cost? If I install cedar, does it require immediate sealing, or should I wait a year? What’s the best sealer for cedar decking? Poly, Spar Varnish, or something else?
My parents replaced their decking with composite. I don’t like it. 1. It gets slippery when it’s wet 2. Even after five years the plastic smell is terrible on hot summer days. It’s like the sun is cooking that plastic.
I’ve also heard composite is the most expensive option. pressure treated is the cheapest, cedar, and then composite is the most expensive. Right?
Which decking board do you prefer? If you redid your deck which decking material would you buy?