What is the Best Material to Use for a Deck in BC?

14 Nov 2019 Building Supply

Whether you are building a second story deck or a ground level patio, knowing the best material to use for a deck in BC can help to ensure that your outdoor living space lasts as long as possible and looks incredible. At Country Lumber, we provide a wide variety of deck building materials that can significantly improve the curb appeal of your home.

Decking Materials in BC

There are many different materials that can be used to build a sturdy, reliable deck and some of these materials are more suited than others for life in British Columbia. With the amount of rain and moisture that we receive in the Vancouver area, it is important to make sure that your deck is able to stand up to mould and rot. Some of the best types of deck materials that can be used in BC include:

Pressure-Treated Wood

The most commonly used type of deck material in BC is pressure-treated wood. Pressure-treated wood is reasonably inexpensive and lasts much longer than most other types of wood. It is designed for use in outdoor situations and has a brown or green finish that repels water for a little while; however, it will need to be recoated with stain annually and repainted or refinished every three years in order to resist rotting.


Cedar decks are known for their beauty and natural aesthetic. Because of cedar’s ability to resist the elements and maintain its good looks over time, it is frequently used in outdoor applications in BC. Cedar is more expensive than pressure-treated wood but it is still generally affordable, and it looks better, lasts longer, and requires less maintenance than pressure-treated wood.

Composite Decking

Composite decking comes in a massive variety of styles, hardness ratings, and finishes. This means that the price and quality of this type of decking can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer; however, composite decking is typically incredibly reliable and low maintenance, and it resists moisture better than most other types of decking material, which makes it ideal for BC homes.

To find out more information about the best material to use for a deck in BC, or if you would like to learn more about any of our products or services, contact Country Lumber or visit our store in Langley to speak with one of our representatives.