With the gorgeous backdrop of Cascade Mountains, Bend enjoys the predominantly dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, low humidity, and cool nights provide the most common weather pattern. Due to its high altitude and clear air, nighttime temperatures drop rapidly even in the summer. This exceptionally dry climate is great for outdoor recreation but can put a lot of wear and tear on your deck.
We know in Central Oregon that the summers are short, warm, and dry and the winters are very long, cold, and snowy. According to the NOAA National Center for Environmental Information Bend typically has 167 frosty nights a year and most of the nights from November to March drop to temperatures below 32°F. In fact, for an average of 13 days annually the thermometer in Bend typically never rises above freezing. With these factors in mind, we are reviewing your best options for decking material in Central Oregon.
When it comes to selecting your deck building materials, there are three major factors to consider: upfront cost, lifetime maintenance, and material quality. Just like when building a home, the types of material that an outdoor deck is made from will have a large impact on overall lifetime and durability.
The original and still most common decking option is wood. Wood is natural, strong, easy to install and feels good under bare feet. However, it also minimally requires an annual cleaning and is susceptible to rot, splintering, and warping. Even though all wood naturally weathers to a gray color, it needs to be cleaned and re-stained every two to three years to keep it looking its best. With options ranging from pressure treated wood, tropical hardwoods, and varieties like cedar and redwood, there are a lot of choices if you truly want wood. But the choices don’t stop there…modern innovations like composite decking and aluminum decking are also available. Let’s dive in.
Pressure treated wood delivers beautiful aesthetics and authenticity for your deck. The tradeoff for the natural beauty of any solid wood decking is the regular upkeep required.
Cedar is another deck building material we offer for your deck project. The natural variety of cedar trees ensures that your deck is one-of-a-kind.
Composites are made to look like real wood and come in a wide variety of natural-looking hues and grain patterns. Made by combining a blend of plastic and waste wood fibers, these boards won't splinter, rot, and don't need to be stained or painted, thanks to a built-in UV resistance.
Anodized aluminum decks are sleek, durable, and won’t rot under rain, snow, and moisture. Textured finishes on aluminum decking keep feet cool in summer and prevent slips after rain.
We’ve made it our mission to become experts on composite decking so you can rest easy that your deck will look great for years to come. After exploring all varieties of composites, bamboo, PVC, and so on, we landed on Trex.
Here are just a few of the reasons we love Trex
Besides Trex being a well-designed product we love how responsive and helpful they are on the rare occasions when something does need to be fixed. We have dealt with other composite decking companies and have found that they don’t come close to matching Trex’s customer service.
Webfoot is your source for everything deck related. Our team is made up of true craftsmen who specialize in the design, layout, care, know how, and maintenance of decks and outdoor living spaces in Bend and surrounding areas. You won't catch us remodeling kitchens or building homes, but when it comes to natural wood decks and composite decks like Trex- we're the seriously great team for the job.