Wood decks are attractive to potential buyers because they increase the usable living area of a home by enhancing the beauty and functionality of the outdoor living space. Wood decking is very affordable compared to other options on the market. For example, a deck made with manufactured materials (such as PVC or composite decking) can cost three to five times more than a comparable deck made with real wood.

According to the North American Retail Hardware Association, pressure-treated lumber is the go-to choice for your deck’s substructure (the posts, beams and joists that hold up the deck) and what contractors overwhelmingly use. This is due to its load-bearing strength and affordability.

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