When you’re searching around for the best material for your decks, opting for synthetic decking is a smart idea. Composite materials last for about 20 years without the possibility of splintering and rotting like wood. Synthetic composite is resistant to extreme hot and cold temperatures and requires a minimum of maintenance and upkeep. You won’t have to worry about getting painting, sealing, restaining, or fading from the UV rays of the sun.

Possibly the best advantage of getting Trex or Azek decking is that you won’t have to worry about termites and mold, and even years down the line, the material has the same appeal. Trex and Azek are composite brands made with a combination of wooden and polypropylene or polyethylene fibers. The result is a robust blend that is resilient and far more stable and durable.

Ipe Decking


If you would prefer to get wooden decking materials, Ipe (pronounced EE-pay) is the way to go. Ipe is the best quality hardwood decking available today. As your architect will tell you, the material is up to 8 times harder than California Redwood and naturally resists rotting and decaying. Residents can safely expect that their decks made with Ipe will last them for at least 20 years without the need for extensive maintenance and preservation.

Ipe wood is known to be exceptionally denser as compared to most other lumber. Thanks to its protective natural oils, it is resistant to water damage. All you need to do is get a layer of sealing to protect its gorgeous colors from fading under the sun. Using Penofin Oil Finish lends a darker shade to the wood while allowing the tropical grains to emerge and look fantastic.

Are you looking for more advice on the best decking materials for your patio? Give us a call at Chicago Roof Deck and Garden, and let’s talk some more.