pressure treated wood decking material
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Know Your Materials

If you want easy-care decking, choose manufactured boards; if looks trump all, opt for wood. Use our cheat sheet to help pick what's right for you.

Pressure-Treated Wood
Pros: Easy to work with. Takes stains and waterproofing easily.
Cons: Will corrode unprotected metal fasteners and connectors. Boards can warp and crack. Requires frequent cleaning, resealing, and restaining.
Price: $
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