Are you tired of the high maintenance of wooden deck surfaces? Looking to revamp your existing deck or construct a new one with a different material? You’re in the right place! We’ve lined up seven unique decking material alternatives to wood. These alternatives offer countless benefits, including extended durability, easy maintenance, beauty, and more.
Popular Decking Options
1. Composite Decking
Composite decking is a common alternative to traditional wood decking. This synthetic material, made from wood fibers and plastic, offers notable durability, resistance to decay and requires minimal upkeep.
2. PVC Decking
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) decking is another popular alternative to wood. Unlike composite decking, which is made from a blend of wood and plastic, PVC decking is 100% plastic. This makes it even more durable and resistant to the elements than composite decking.
Stone & Hardscape Materials
Enter StoneDeks System – a groundbreaking solution for your deck that opens up a world of possibilities beyond wood and plastic. The core of this system is the SilcaGrate, a structural underlayment that supports hardscape materials, from stone and porcelain to travertine and pavers. Here are some of the materials that SilcaGrate allows you to install on your deck:
3. Travertine Pavers
Travertine is a natural stone that adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any deck. It’s durable and easy to install with the StoneDeks system, and it stays cool even when exposed to direct sunlight. It also maintains its color over the years. Even though travertine is porous and needs sealing every 3-5 years, its advantages outweigh this minor drawback.
4. Concrete Pavers
Concrete doesn’t always look bland. It can be stamped or stained in different colors and textures. Concrete pavers are a stylish and practical alternative to wood decking. They’re extremely durable, require little upkeep, and come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Plus, concrete pavers are very cost-effective.
5. Flagstone Pavers
Flagstone pavers are an excellent deck floor option for pool decks or around hot tubs. Flagstone is highly durable and can create a natural, rustic look for your outdoor space. This type of stone is non-porous, requiring no sealing to maintain its beauty. Each paver is unique in shape and texture.
Porcelain tiles, known for their durability and versatility, are a great alternative to wood decking. They come in many styles and textures – including those that mimic a wooden appearance.
The StoneDeks System makes porcelain a viable choice for deck projects by offering SilcaMat. This mat deadens sound and minimizes movement and rocking of the pavers when walking on the porcelain deck. Watch our video about how to install porcelain on your deck.
7. Artificial Turf
Can you put synthetic turf on your deck? Yes, you can! Artificial turf can function as an excellent low-maintenance deck surface suitable for a variety of purposes, like a play area for children or around a pool. While artificial turf won’t offer the same support for furniture as other options, it’s perfect for recreation, relaxation, and games.
Conclusion: Wood and Composite Aren’t Your Only Options
When it comes to decking, the material you choose will significantly impact your deck’s look, functionality, durability, and maintenance requirements. Whether you want the rustic charm of flagstone, the luxurious appeal of travertine, or the ever-inviting play zone of artificial turf, there are many quality alternatives to traditional wood.
To learn how to build one of these decks with our revolutionary StoneDeks System, visit our resource center for DIY and contractor installation guides, video tutorials, and more.