Beautify Your Backyard: The 5 Best Decking Material Options

If you’re looking to revamp your backyard or outdoor space with a new deck, there are some beautiful decking material options on the market to choose from.

From tropical woods to concrete, there are great deck materials to match any style and budget.

This guide will go over everything you need to know about five of the most popular decking materials and which one could work best for your outdoor oasis.

Tropical Hardwood 

Tropical hardwoods are growing in popularity.  Ipe wood decking is a beautiful example of a tropical hardwood that makes for the perfect luxury choice for your deck. With a rich, dark color, you can use these on a deck off of your home or around a swimming pool.

Ipe has a similar color to mahogany but a little richer and darker in red tones.

Ipe, tigerwood, mahogany, and cumaru, are all examples of tropical hardwood that can be used for decking material. Because these woods come from tropical trees, they are durable and naturally resistant to insects and rotting.


Concrete is one of the simplest and most straightforward decking options out there. Concrete is chic, modern, timeless, and extremely versatile.

Concrete is a practical material that is also really easy to clean. You can use concrete in your yard, as a deck, or around a swimming pool. You’ll never have to worry about splinters either. Just note that concrete does tend to get hot.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is a popular choice. Because the wood has been specially treated, it isn’t suspectable to rot, insects, or mold. Most pressure-treated wood is made using yellow pine.  The wood is chemically treated to be fungus and rod resistant.

Pressure-treated wood is also really easy to clean. With proper maintenance, you can enjoy your deck for years to come.


Composite decking materials are primarily made from recycled plastics and wood fibers. Because these materials were artificially created, they don’t splinter or warp like wood.

Composite materials also won’t rot or be affected by insects. Because these materials are almost maintenance-free, you’ll only need to worry about mold or mildew growing on damp spaces.

Cedar and Redwood

Cedar and redwood make beautiful and timeless decks. They are naturally rich in color and free of preservatives and chemicals.

Both trees contain certain oils that help make them resistant to decay, rot, and certain insects.  You’ll need to maintain both with a stain to help them keep their color. Power washing and a finish will also help keep them clean and splinter-free.

Which Decking Material Options Are Right for You?

When it comes to which decking material option is best for you, there are a few considerations to think about.

Keep in mind the area in which you live, where you’ll be using your deck, your budget, and your maintenance and care abilities.

Whether you go with a chemically altered material, concrete, or a rich and beautiful tropical wood, any of these materials will help create a stunning deck you’ll enjoy for years.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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