Today's date is:

Click above to visit Deck Builder Magazine.

Contact the
Deck Industry Association

Complete contact info
located here

Take a moment to fill out our questionnaire by clicking here.

Deck Materials
Over Fifty Choices Available In The Year 2008

Below is a listing which includes a few comments about many of the deck materials being used today. It is based on the experiences of our DIA members and what they’ve personally expressed to us. Keep in mind that some materials hold up better than others based on the environment in which they’re being used.

While treated pine can be a good choice in a shaded yard for a household with no toddlers in the Northern parts of the country - it's probably a poor choice for a family with small children who have a backyard blasted by sunshine all day in the Southern part of the U.S. The basic categories are SOFTWOODS, HARDWOODS, PLASTICS, ALUMINUM, FIBERGLASS, and COMPOSITES. As the Deck Industry Association gains new members and learns more about what’s being developed, this section will be updated. WE HOPE THAT EVERY VISITOR TO THIS SITE WILL FEEL FREE TO SEND US THEIR THOUGHTS, COMMENTS, EXPERIENCES, AND OTHER INFORMATION THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL TO US ALL.

Please send your comments to:



(Clear Heart, B-Grade, Construction Heart, Construction Common, etc.)

This has been the most popular deck material for many years. Hundreds of thousands of redwood decks have been built. However, redwood use in decking is dropping off for several reasons. First, it is more expensive than ever and the cultivation rates have changed while other materials are taking its place.

Due to cut backs in cultivation, the quality of the "construction" grades has been liberalized. The old growth redwoods are being saved (and we're in support of that!) while the new growth redwoods are being harvested. These new growth trees are small, yielding materials with a higher concentration of knots and sapwood. Redwood with high levels of sapwood will decay relatively fast, ESPECIALLY when sealed with products that try to lock out the moisture. (Many sealers can actually accelerate decay because they impede the ability for the deck boards to dry out quickly and thoroughly!) Redwood has also lost its popularity because of other options now available. You can buy alternative materials that last longer, look better (long term), and cost less.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As you get your quotes and shop for a new deck, beware of the deception that redwood deck photographs create. REDWOOD MAKES FOR A BEAUTIFUL DECK PHOTO - but ask to see a redwood deck several years old or even less. That beauty, unfortunately, is only temporary.

A major advantage of redwood is its ability to stay straight with a minimal number of fasteners. We recommend careful study when looking at fastening redwood and cedar. Avoid headed nails and fasteners with electro-plate galvanizing. Consider using a good quality, double hot dipped, casing head, ring shank nail (usually 3-1/2" for 2x6’s) over the use of a screw. Most homeowners today request screws, but screws can be a bad choice for some situations. Why? Screws leave hundreds of holes all over the deck surface, they’re a little slower to install, and more expensive. Screws do allow easy removal of the flooring though. On the other hand, when shown how their deck surface will look, most homeowners seem to choose the small casing head nails over the screws. Some of the new hidden bracket systems can also be............

The paragraphs above are an actual sample of what you will find in our members section. To see the entire list, including everything listed below and their descriptions, please go to the "members only" section to log in. Or if you are ready to join, you can go straight to our membership application page


Treated Pine of Treated Fir


American Hardwoods

Australian Hardwoods

South American Hardwoods

Plastics and Vinyl



Please let us know of any other materials you know about-
Along with your experiences.

Please e-mail your information to:



Join our mailing list! To join, just send a blank e-mail to and your e-mail address will be added to our list. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with-in minutes. By subscribing to the list, you will receive updates about the website as well as notification of any major changes or announcements relating to the Deck Industry Association. And as always, your address will never be sold or traded, and will only be used for the above stated purpose.


Home    Find a Contractor    Members Area    Member Benefits    Deck Photos    Deck Questions
Events & Shows    40+ Materials    Resources    Articles    Membership App    Quick Survey   
Mission Statement     Contact Us

All website content ©2000-2012 Deck Industry Association. All rights reserved. 
This website created, managed and maintained by D.W.D.C.