If you’re shopping for a new deck, you’ve probably heard about composite decking. Composite decks are a modern alternative to traditional wood decks. Composite is a mixture of wood fiber and plastic that form a material that is stronger and more durable than wood. In this article, we’ll dive into the benefits of composite decking and highlight the advantages of a composite deck when compared to a wood deck.
1. Low Maintenance
Compared to wood, composite decking has the advantage of being extremely low maintenance. As a part of normal upkeep, wood decks require annual staining and sealing to keep it from rotting and cracking. In comparison, composite decking eliminates the need for staining and sealing, because, by design, it won’t splinter, warp, or crack.
Let’s look at the longevity statistics: On average, the lifespan of a wood deck is approximately 10 to 15 years. A composite deck will last 25 to 30 years. Composite decking outlasts wood decking because it is resistant to weather, insects and rot. This allows you to enjoy a composite deck nearly twice as long as a wood deck.
3. Sleek Design
Composite decking embodies the warmth and natural beauty of wood with its intricate textures and colors, yet it provides a subtle, modern sleekness. Over the years, composite design has improved so much that composite boards mimic the qualities of natural wood.
Here’s what one of our customers had to say about her new composite deck:
4. Home Value
Investing in a composite deck adds value to the home. Having a nice, long-lasting composite deck will contribute to your home’s resale value. When building a composite deck, you are sure to recoup a portion of the cost at the resale of your house.
Using composite decking materials, especially composite decking from our friends at Trex®, allows us to contribute to keeping the environment cleaner. We are a Trex Pro Platinum contractor, so we use Trex® eco-friendly composite decking. Trex Composite decking is made of a 95% blend of reclaimed wood and plastic film. Their company uses eco-friendly processes throughout the country to help keep our environment safe from unhealthy chemicals and waste. This allows you to be a contributor to a safer and healthier environment.
Composite provides a modern, sleek, and reliable alternative to wood decks. Over the years, it has been an audience favorite, and it continues to be the most popular choice among homeowners. With composite, you get the look and feel of a wood deck, combined with the best of modern, eco-friendly technology.
If you’re interested in upgrading to a composite deck, schedule a personal consultation with one of our deck experts today. If you want to learn more about deck repair, resurfacing, and deck restoration, subscribe to our newsletter as we continue to provide updates, tips, and share our insights. In our next blog, we’ll help you decide which deck railing is the best fit for your deck’s style.