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Basics of building a deck: Wood options

by Johnna Brown 06/07/2024

If you’re interested in the basics of building a deck, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the decking materials available. There are multiple options including vinyl, composite and natural wood. However, if you’re going with natural wood for your deck, you also have different options to choose from.

Here are the main types of wood used for deck building:


Cedar is a classic decking material. Cedar’s popularity has endured for decades because it’s durable and resistant to moisture damage. Though cedar is technically a soft wood, it’s less susceptible to insects than hardwoods. Cedar is also popular for its appearance for those who prefer the natural look of wood decking. However, it’s easy to stain, giving you plenty of options for the perfect aesthetic.


Redwood is another soft wood popular for outdoor decks. It’s similar to cedar in its durability against moisture, rot and insect damage. While the lifespan of a redwood deck is about the same as cedar, redwood requires regular staining every few years to maintain its appearance and finish.

Redwood is popular in deck construction across the country, particularly on the West coast, where it is widely available for lower cost.

Pressure treated wood (PT)

Pressure treated wood, also called PT wood, is a less expensive option for decking compared to cedar and redwood. It’s widely available and suitable for all climates. Pressure treated wood is extremely durable and will last decades with relatively low maintenance. However, it’s a good idea to pressure wash and stain every few years.

Overall, PT wood is the most economical option and the easiest to buy, regardless of where you’re building your deck.

There are other options for wood decking materials, but these are the most popular options to know. Keep these different varieties of wood in mind when planning a deck for your outdoor space.

About the Author

Johnna Brown

 Johnna grew up in Amherst NH and still has strong ties to the Amherst & Mont Vernon Communities. Johnna moved to Manchester at 19 when she purchased her 1st home. She has resided in the West Side of Manchester since 2007. Always having a strong interest in real estate, Johnna and her husband, Jeff, started investing in rental properties in 2017 with the purchase of a 2 bedroom condo in Manchester. They now own 10 properties with the goal of growing to 60 total rental properties. In 2020 Johnna and Jeff started adding short term rentals to their portfolio focusing in the NH Lakes Region and Southern Maine Coast. Johnna achieved Airbnb Super Host and VRBO Premier Host status within the first year. 

From May to October Johnna divides her time between Manchester, NH and her beach cottage in Wells Maine. Johnna’s extensive experience with both long term and short-term rental properties makes her the ideal real estate agent to help you start or build your real estate investment portfolio. Johnna works with a lot of home owners selling their homes and buying homes simultaneously and also sellers relocating out of the area. 

Johnna prides herself in being hard working, dependable and down to earth. In her free time, she enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles and spending time outdoors with her husband, dogs and friends.