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Pressure-treated lumber, long the material of choice for exterior decks, has lost some of its appeal in the last ten years. Concerns about the toxicity of CCA-treated lumber, coupled with the demands of homeowners for a better-looking, more maintenance-free decking material, have led to the development of a variety of safe, durable, more attractive alternatives. In this article, we'll look at representative products in three categories: wood pressure-treated with non-toxic preservatives; naturally rot-resistant domestic and imported hardwoods; and a growing list of synthetic materials made with recycled plastic. JUNE JLC 1998 by JLCStaff ROT- R E S I S TA N T Tropical hardwoods, plastic, and wood-plastic composites are gaining favor over pressure-treated decking Pau Lope decking/photo courtesy of General Woodcraft Several new developments