Wood is the most commonly used material for siding and decks. But is it the best? – Article By Kim Province from DM Construction

Article by Kim Province

Wood can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance and attention. Every two years, wood should be repainted and refinished to avoid deteriorate. Special finishes such as mold or algae repellents may also aide in the maintenance process for wood, along with power washing once every year.

There is one common threat among wood products that can’t be avoided with proper maintenance…termites!  Wooden siding and most composite wood products on the market do not hold up long term, so eventually termites will invade your property.

An alternate choice for decks and railing is the exclusive Azek Stain resistant decks and railing, AZEK Deck limits the shortfalls associated with traditional wood and composite decking so that you can enjoy your deck without worry.


  • Stain resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Split resistant
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Impervious to moisture and insects
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Building Code listings ESR-1667 and CCRR-0101

Trex composite formula. It brings together the best qualities of wood and plastic to create a superior alternative to wood:


  • Plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, preventing rotting and splintering.
  • Wood protects the plastic from UV damage while providing a natural, attractive look and feel.
  • It will not rot or deteriorate due to harsh weather or insects.
  • It is splinter-free and has excellent traction, even when wet.
  • It contains no toxic chemicals or preservatives.
  • Trex resists damage from moisture and sunlight, making it the natural choice for pools, hot tubs and spas.
  • Trex is available in a wide range of colors and finishes to suit any style.
  • The same process Trex uses to make their products is also environmentally responsible. Trex is made from about 50 percent recycled and reclaimed plastic, and 50 percent reclaimed wood. These materials would otherwise go unused in landfills. Using sustainable materials and green manufacturing processes is a policy that touches everything Trex does.
  • The result is decking, railing, and fencing products that require only periodic cleaning to stay beautiful for years to come – no need for sanding, staining, or painting, ever.

How much does a Trex deck cost? It will be more than normal lumber, usually around 40-60% more. But keep in mind the future savings from not having to paint and maintain it, and not having to replace it in 10-15 years. Redwood is closer in cost to composite, about $20 per square foot vs. $23-25 for composites.


  • Hardie board comes in many sizes including 4×8 sheets, 3×5 sheets, 4×4 sheets, and also in planks.
  • Hardie board siding also comes with designs to give the appearance of brick, wood, and vinyl siding.
  • It has been proven to last 30 plus years in harsh weather of all kinds such as cold, heat, snow, and rain.
  • It has the awesome ability to stay submerged in water yet keep its shape and strength, without molding or falling apart.
  • Hardie Board is impervious to moisture. You can put it in a pail of water and leave it for as long as you like and it will not become saturated.
  • It takes paint very well and comes pre-primed.
  • It comes in many designs and patterns that will compliment any style home.
  • Hardie Board siding takes paint and caulk very well.
  • How many field employees does DM Construction currently have? The first person to reply with the correct answer to this hidden question wins a gift.
  • It is priced comparable to wood siding, but will long outlast it.
  • Hardie Board is primarily made of concrete. It is a fibrous concrete board that termites don’t eat. This is good news for warmer climates where termites stay active most of the year.
  • All natural, non-toxic, renewable materials that make for a highly durable alternative to vinyl and wood siding products

– For more information about DM Construction and there services, click here

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