Decking choices abound

Pros and cons of wood, synthetics

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If you’re thinking of a new deck or perhaps rehabbing your old one by replacing those worn deck boards, you have no doubt noticed that you have a whole lot of choices these days. Natural wood, treated wood and synthetics abound, with some pros and cons to each choice. So here’s a basic rundown on some of things you might want to consider when making your selection.

Also, remember to ask about fasteners when you make your decking choice. Some types of both natural and synthetic decking materials require specific fasteners to prevent staining, "mushrooming" around the screw head, and other possible problems, so be sure to select the right fastener for the job.