Cedar Wood Decks, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Cedar Decking in St. Louis, Des Peres Mo, by Archadeck

When folks are ready to build a deck for their home, they usually begin by exploring decking material options which have increased dramatically in recent years.

Natural woods remain a very popular choice among our St. Louis customers; however over the past 15 years, there are now several quality product-lines of low maintenance decking available — vinyl, composite and capped composite.

These synthetic boards are designed to emulate the look of real wood but are actually manufactured.

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

Trex Low Maintenance Decking, photo by Trex

So how should you decide on materials for your new deck, porch, screen room, gazebo or other outdoor space?

Your decision can be easily determined by your personal preference for aesthetics, maintenance and project budget.


Composites and vinyls were developed to emulate the visual qualities of wood, but in reality nothing comes closer to real wood than… real wood.

Real wood has a natural aroma, knots, streaks and other characteristics that make wood uniquely special.  And lovable.

Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo, Tigerwood Decking

Decks by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo, Tigerwood Decking

Varieties of wood suitable for outdoor structures include pressure treated pine, cedar, Ipe, Tigerwood and other hardwoods.

Synthetics, on the other hand, come in many different colors that will match just about any home.

The wider color selection granted by vinyls and composites often appeals to a homeowner’s inclination for style.


A big appeal of composite and vinyl decking products is their lower maintenance requirements when compared to wood.

Wood may need to be cleaned, stained and sealed every year or two depending on ‘wear and tear’, traffic/usage and the amount of direct sun exposure.

Quality synthetic products from Archadeck’s suppliers, such as AZEK, TimberTech, Fiberon or Trex, are popular decking products with low maintenance requirements.

In the end, wood-lovers don’t mind the maintenance and maintenance-haters, love composites or vinyls.

Vinyl Decking, photo by TimberTech

Vinyl Decking, photo by TimberTech


Typically, composite, vinyl and capped composite products are more expensive than wood.  But, they require little cleaning and their warranty protection is significant.

Some wood decking products are less expensive than synthetics but will require an annual maintenance expenditure for upkeep.

So in deciding what type of materials you prefer for your new deck, porch, screen room, shade pergola, gazebo or other outdoor space, keep in mind your preferences for maintenance, aesthetics and your budget.

And a reputable contractor such as Archadeck can guide you through the decision making process, one step at a time, to find the absolute best fit for you and your family.

Archadeck Decks in St. Louis Mo, TimberTech Terrain

Deck in St. Louis West County, TimberTech Terrain by Archadeck

Visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com, to see pictures of all types of decks — wood, composite, vinyl — and other completed projects throughout St. Louis.

Or if you reside in the metropolitan St. Louis area, just give us a call, 636.227.0800.

Another option is to submit questions with our simple, online inquiry form found on the website homepage.