Wood prices are sky-high. Should you choose an alternative like Trex or Azek instead?
- A national shortage of lumber has driven up costs for decking by as much as 150 percent in the past year.
- It is now significantly more expensive to build anything that uses wood, including traditional decks. More than half of all decks built in America are wood.
- Alternative materials, such as aluminum and composite decking, which are typically priced at a high premium over wood, are now more viable options, even if they’re still more expensive. Bear in mind that many decking alternatives still typically use wood for framing.
- Consumer Reports has 22 varieties of decking currently in testing, with full results available in the coming weeks.
- CR members can access our current decking ratings for partial test results, or use our decking buying guide for in-depth information about the different types of decking.