There Are Two Big Factors in the Lifespan of a Wood Deck

There’s nothing quite like a deck to make the year’s most pleasant months that much better. As you plan to build, rebuild or refurbish a wood deck, however, it’s important to know the key factors that play into one’s longevity.

When considering how long a wood deck will last, the two biggest factors to look at are the materials used and the maintenance that follows.

The Decking Materials Used

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As The Spruce points out, it’s important to understand your choice of materials before starting a building project. A deck can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years if made from untreated wood and can last as long as 50 years for treated wood or composite materials.

When going with a wood deck versus a composite deck, the type of lumber you choose is critically important to the longevity and level of maintenance of your deck. As The Spruce points out, if you want to go the natural route, “go with a weather-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood. 

These types of decks have a beautiful look-and-feel and resist warping, cracking, or other weather damage. Redwood is usually more expensive than cedar and in general, these types of decks come in at about three times the price of treated lumber.”

Although composite decking can often look like natural wood, some people simply prefer the authenticity of actual wood. While wood decking may be durable, however, it still requires maintenance costs, time and effort.

The Maintenance

According to, “most decks require a full-on retreatment consisting of sanding, cleaning, staining or painting and sealing every two to five years.” If a wood deck is left untreated, it will fade and eventually rot.

wood deckWood decks are also known to splinter or warp due to the outdoor elements or general wear and tear. If properly treated, though, a well-cared-for deck can last for decades.

As points out, “regular deck maintenance, staining and sealing, pressure washing, and everyday care make a big difference in your wood deck’s lifespan and prevent common deck problems.”

Make sure to give your deck a good scrub as needed, while also hiring a professional to clean and reseal it every two to three years. Deck stain is also essential to the life of your deck. Be sure to re-stain the deck when necessary with an oil-based, exterior wood stain rather than a solid one.

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