DECKING

Welcome to the Mid-Cape Decking Project Center. All the information you need for your project is organized here. Product details, installation specs, videos, photo galleries, buying guides and more. We want to make it as easy as possible for you learn about the quality products we sell. After you spend some time learning about these products, give our experts a call or stop by and see for yourself how we can help you get your project done correctly and under budget.

DECKING FEATURES & BENEFITS

There are a large variety of decking products on the market, and all of them come with their own set of features & benefits. Let Mid-Cape Home Centers help you select the perfect deck for your project.

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PRESSURE TREATED

Pressure Treated decking is the least costly and most often installed material for decks, Southern yellow pine is treated with either waterborne copper based, or micronized copper azole.

Features & Benefits

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • No. 1 decking material sold in the U.S.
  • Most pressure treated (PT) decking is milled from Southern Yellow Pine
  • Chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs
  • Common sizes used in New England are 5/4″ x 6″. 5/4″x4″ is also available

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Not very dimensionally stable
  • Has a tendency to crack, split and warp
  • Routine maintenance is necessary to prolong the life and look of the deck

CEDAR

Western Red Cedar is frequently used as decking materials due to its beauty and natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect infestation. Cedar decks have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Cedar accepts stains and finishes easily.

Features & Benefits

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Prized for its rich color and natural beauty
  • Dimensionally stable, resistant to cupping and twisting
  • Contains tannins and oils that makes it naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects
  • Weathers to a soft silvery gray when no finish is applied

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Higher cost than pressure treated decking
  • Must be low-pressure cleaned every year to maintain natural cedar color
  • Clear water-repellent wood preservative should be applied yearl

HARDWOOD

Hardwoods, especially tropical hardwoods are popular due to their durability and long life span. Hardwoods resist mold and mildew, insect infestation and fire. Hardwoods can alco handle heavy foot traffic.

Features & Benefits

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Exotic rich-grained woods
  • Available in 5/4″x4″ or 5/4″x6″ widths
  • Hard and durable, naturally resistant to rot and insects.
  • Will weather to a soft silvery color if not stained

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Relatively expensive when compared to Pressure Treated decking
  • Use an oil-based penetrating stain specifically formulated for hardwood decking,
  • Allow the wood to weather one to three months before finishing, so that excess oils can leach out
  • Finish should be applied to both ends of every board as extra protection against checking
  • Should at least apply a UV-blocking clear wood preservative every three to four years.

COMPOSITE & PVC

Composite decking is a product of combining wood fibers or recycled paper with recycled plastic. Plastic deck boards are produced from pure plastic (PVC) with no wood fibers. Both types are very low-maintenance.

Features & Benefits

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Extremely low-maintenance, never need to be sanded or refinished
  • Composites and plastic lumber come in sizes similar to wood decking, including 2 “x 6″ and 5/4″ x 6”
  • Most products are made from polyethylene or polyvinyl chloride, and come in a wide range of colors and finishes
  • Composites like Trex are composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic – the result is an extremely weather and stain resistant board that won’t splinter, warp, rot or split
  • Plastic lumber like Azek Deck is made from 100 percent plastic (recycled and/or virgin), contains no wood fibers, and is also highly resistant to staining and decay
  • Most decking manfacturers also offer a line of handrails, balusters, fascias and other decorative trim

CONSIDERATIONS

  • Composites and plastic lumber decks are low maintenance, NOT maintenance-free
  • Mold and mildew can grow in shaded, damp areas of the deck
  • Some composites can eventually show signs of decay as they are partly wood

DECKING BRANDS WE CARRY

Below are the decking products we carry at Mid-Cape Home Centers. We also carry a wide variety of decking and railing accessories such as deck framing, fasteners, drainage, paints and stains, decorative post caps, lighting and much more!


AZEK Deck and Rail. With hidden hardware and easy, one person installation, AZEK is the most beautiful and low-maintenance decking and railing system available are engineered to last beautifully. Unlike wood, AZEK resists scratches, stains, insects, moisture, mold and mildew. With hidden hardware and easy, one person installation, AZEK is the most beautiful and low-maintenance decking and railing system available.


Deckorators provides lifestyle-enhancing products that personalize your decking and railing. Deckorators makes it easy to create an outdoor oasis brimming with unique style. Our deck boards, railing, balusters, post caps and lighting are sure to make your outdoor area the talk of the neighborhood.


Fiberon takes pride in creating outdoor living products that offer lasting beauty, genuine value and easy maintenance. And because great outdoor living is nothing without the great outdoors, Fiberon incorporates eco-friendly materials and sustainable processes into everything they do.

Ipé Hardwood

Mid-Cape carries Ipé hardwood decking. Ipé is the most popular of the tropical hardwood deck materials. A Brazilian wood, the color runs from dark brown to olive brown. Available as pre-grooved or tongue and groove for installation with a hidden fastener system.


Iron Woods is the original, leading brand of naturally durable wood products. Favored by design professionals and consumers alike, the Iron Woods brand has become synonymous with commitment to superior quality and environmental accountability. Iron Woods product’s strength, hardness and durability have been proven again and again in demanding commercial applications.


KAYU International specializes in exotic hardwood products, including decking, flooring and dimensional Lumber. The team at KAYU International fully understands how enjoyable it is to unwind outside after a long day at work. Having a hardwood deck at your house is not only relaxing but can enhance the value of your home. KAYU Batu is the answer to transform your space into a warm, beautiful outdoor / indoor living environment.


Harmony PVC flooring, like all products from KOMA Building Products, look, feel and work just like high quality wood, but are impervious to moisture, insects and just about anything else Mother Nature can deal out. Harmony PVC porches feature an attractive, and very long-lasting surface; require minimal maintenance, without painting; and allow for easy renewal by sanding/painting.


Nothing can match the look and feel of a real wood deck. And nothing can match the built-in protection from the elements that Outback Decking provides. Outback Decking starts with kiln dried Red Meranti which is one of the most beautiful, durable and decay-resistant species of wood in the world. The result is a premium wood decking sealed for maximum protection against the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays and moisture infiltration.


Schooner Brand™ Port Orford white cedar decking is a natural and responsible choice for building a distinctive deck. Safe, and splinter-free, Port Orford cedar is rated among the most highly decay resistant of wood species. All components are kiln dried. This unique cedar exhibits a light color and soft, smooth texture, yet offers a durable surface that stands up to wear and tear.

Pressure Treated

Mid-Cape carries a selection of pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine. Pressure treated decking is chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs.


There’s a reason so many homeowners are choosing materials other than wood to build their deck. Capped wood composites are more durable, easier to maintain, and offer longer lasting aesthetics than wood. TimberTech’s composite decking and railing don’t need to be stained or sanded—ever. After a hard day’s work, you’ll spend more time enjoying your deck and less time maintaining it.


Trex is the world’s #1 decking brand and the inventor of wood-alternative composite decking. Create a low-maintenance, high-performance backyard retreat that can handle the outdoors without depleting them, and will do so for decades. Because your weekends should be spent relaxing on your deck, not repairing it.


Woodway provides a high level of craftsmanship and quality design, at an affordable price. Western Red Cedar is the primary species used in Woodway products. The species offers proven environmental sustainability in addition to bringing warmth, longevity and authenticity to any project.


Zuri Premium Decking by Royal goes beyond wood decking by combining the aesthetics of exotic timber while holding its beauty far longer than any wood could. Which means you get to create a thoroughly distinguished outdoor environment.

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