Believe it or not, many homeowners WANT a wood deck but might feel reluctant because they’re apprehensive that wood decks are out-of-style.

Nothing could be further from the truth.  Seriously.

Wood Decks by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

Wood Decks by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

In fact, the majority of decks built today are constructed with wood!  Why?

St. Louis Wood Deck Builders, Archadeck

Wooden Decks by Archadeck

Three reasons include aesthetics, sustainability, and price.

Aesthetics — No decking product on the market today perfectly emulates the look of ‘real’ wood with the exception of ‘real’ wood.  It’s that simple.  Some composites and synthetics come close but there IS a difference.  If you love wood, just pick wood!

Wood Deck with Skirting by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Skirting by Archadeck

Sustainability — Wood is natural, not man-made.  And many people prefer the idea of all-natural, ‘green’ building materials.  Especially cedar.  It’s a fan-favorite and is always in fashion!

Cedar Wood Deck with Fortress Railing by Archadeck

Cedar Wood Deck with Fortress Railing by Archadeck

(For the full-scoop on specific types of wood decking, links to popular articles are listed below.)

Price — When it comes to a deck as an investment, a wood deck, hands down, is your best bet.  Year-after-year, Remodeling magazine rates a wood deck as one of the best investments homeowners can make.  Their well-respected ‘Cost vs Value Report’ consistently shows that a wood deck brings +80% ROI.

Wood Deck with Privacy Rail by Archadeck

Wood Deck with Privacy Rail by Archadeck

So by increasing your outdoor living area at a minimal cost per square foot, dollar-for-dollar, a wood deck is an attractive, environmentally-friendly, price-smart and worthwhile home improvement.

The drawback of a wood deck?  Maintenance.

Wood requires more maintenance when compared to composite, capped composite or vinyl.  Indeed, having a wood deck necessitates proper pressure washing and staining every 1 – 3 years.  Save money and DIY or for convenience, hire a reputable service, such as Renew Crew, to preserve your outdoor structure.

Stained Wood Deck with White Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

Stained Wood Deck with White Balusters, St. Louis Mo, by Archadeck

In the end though, a wood deck is certainly not difficult nor complicated to maintain; however, it WILL need to be maintained.  Clean, seal, protect and you’re good to go!

So are wood decks extinct?  Absolutely not!

Be sure to read these popular articles to learn more about wood decks:

“Back To Basics With Wood Decks” focuses on the ins-and-outs of pressure treated lumber as a decking material.

“Cedar Decking and Why We Love It” is about cedar as a decking material.

Interested in a hardwood deck?  Check out the article about Brazilian Hardwoods.

Pressure Treated Wood Deck with Vinyl Pergola in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

Pressure Treated Wood Deck with Vinyl Pergola in St. Louis Mo by Archadeck

More wood deck resources:

Take a look at wood decks on Pinterest.

Visit a wood decks photo gallery on our St. Louis website.

Or go to the wood deck photo gallery on archadeck.com for some award-winning projects designed and built by Archadeck owners, nationwide.

What’s next?  Ready to talk to a St. Louis deck contractor now?  Please give us a call, anytime, 636-227-0800 – Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County.

Or connect with an Archadeck owner outside of the St. Louis area by dialing, 888-687-3325.

Sources

Archadeck Outdoor Living, Angie’s List, Pinterest, Houzz; Archadecks of Columbus OH, Central Iowa, Chicagoland; House Logic, Remodeling Magazine, USA News, Renew Crew