How do you determine what is the best decking option?


With so many decking material options to choose from, it's hard to know what is your best decking option. You don't have to make a decision blindly. We have created the very useful Comparison Chart below to help put decking material prices into perspective.

This decking materials price comparison includes nearly all the popular premium hardwood decking species as well as synthetic decking prices to help you get the most value for your decking investment.

Remember, the lowest decking price is not always your best decking price.


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We compared the most popular decking materials.

The following decking material cost comparison was prepared by to fairly include nearly all the most popular premium hardwood decking species as well as synthetic decking prices including:  

Softwood Decking Materials

Softwood decking materials range from the lowest to the highest decking prices, depending on the species and grade of the decking material. Our chart includes:

  • Pressure treated decking (lowest price decking)

  • Knotty cedar decking pricing

  • Clear cedar decking pricing

  • Redwood decking pricing (One of the highest priced decking materials


Synthetic Decking Materials 

Based on initial pricing only, synthetic decking materials can range from moderate to higher priced decking material options. Many all natural wood decking options are available at lower prices than Trex decking and other synthetic decking materials. Our chart includes:

  • Low end "composite" decking prices

  • "Choicedeck" composite decking prices

  • "Trex Accents" decking prices

  • "Trex Transcends" decking prices

  • "Trex Escapes" decking prices

  • Azek decking prices


Medium Density Hardwood Decking Materials

  •  "Mahogany" decking prices


High Density Hardwood Decking Materials

High density hardwood decking species like Garapa, Cumaru, Machiche and Ipe decking can range from moderate to higher priced decking, depending on species, sizing and grade of material. Because these hardwood decking species last so long, they are considered the lowest price decking material over their lifetimes.  Many high density hardwood decking materials cost less than composite decking, beautifully and naturally. Our chart includes:


  • Ipe hardwood decking is beautiful and long lasting1x4 Cumaru decking prices

  • 5/4x4 Cumaru decking prices

  • 5/4x6 Cumaru decking prices

  • 5/4x6 Garapa decking prices

  • 1x4 Ipe decking prices

  • 1x6 Ipe decking prices

  • 5/4x4 Ipe decking prices

  • 5/4x6 Ipe decking prices

  • Pre-grooved Ipe decking prices

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As you can see, there is a wide range of pricing options for your decking. A few points you may wish to consider:


  • All the above decking prices are listed as square foot prices to help you compare decking material prices more easily.

  • When factoring all the costs in building a new deck, the decking boards themselves typically account for only about 25% of the total cost of a new deck.

  • After your deck is built, the decking boards will be the most visible part of your deck. Why not use a material that you can be proud of?

  • The initial price of your decking is only one consideration when choosing a decking material.  How long will your decking boards last?

  • Long lasting high density hardwood decking species like Cumaru decking and Garapa decking are affordably priced and last a very long time.

  • There are Ipe, Cumaru, Machiche and Garapa natural hardwood decking material options that are priced lower than synthetic decking material. High density hardwood decking looks better, naturally, perform better and last longer than synthetic composite decking.