Decking for Different Climates: Choosing Materials Suited for Kentucky Weather

October 24, 2023

Kentucky’s diverse climate, ranging from humid summers to chilly winters, demands durable and weather-resistant decking materials. Selecting the right decking material is essential to ensure your outdoor space withstands the varied Kentucky weather conditions. Here’s a guide to help you choose the best decking material for Kentucky’s climate.

Pressure-Treated Wood: Traditional and Affordable

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Pressure-treated wood, such as Southern Yellow Pine, is a popular choice for decking in Kentucky. Treated with chemicals to resist decay and insects, it handles Kentucky’s humid summers and occasional heavy rains well. Regular sealing is necessary to maintain its appearance and protect it from moisture.

Best for: Budget-friendly option; Moderate maintenance; Traditional look

Composite Decking: Low Maintenance and Durability

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Composite decking, made from a mix of wood fibers and plastic, offers excellent durability and minimal maintenance. It doesn’t warp, crack, or rot, making it ideal for Kentucky’s changing weather. Composite decks are resistant to moisture and UV rays, ensuring they remain vibrant and sturdy throughout the seasons.

For brands, we recommend Armadillo, Deckorators, and Trex

Best for: Low maintenance; Long-lasting durability; Variety of styles and colors

Cedar Decking: Natural Beauty with Weather Resistance


Cedar is naturally resistant to decay and insects, making it a suitable choice for Kentucky’s climate. It weathers gracefully, turning into a silvery-gray hue over time. Cedar decking retains its structural integrity even in humid conditions and is relatively lightweight, making it easier to work with during installation.

Best for: Natural beauty; Resistance to decay; Lightweight material

When choosing decking material for Kentucky’s climate, consider factors such as weather resistance, maintenance requirements, budget, and desired aesthetics. Each material has its unique advantages, so select one that aligns with your preferences and the specific weather challenges your deck will face in Kentucky. By making an informed decision, you can create a beautiful, resilient outdoor space that stands the test of time in every season.

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