The Benefits of Composite Decking

If you own a house and there is some unused exterior space that you are thinking about putting to good use, do not think it over build a deck. Decks […]

If you own a house and there is some unused exterior space that you are thinking about putting to good use, do not think it over build a deck. Decks are exterior floors that are usually placed in elevated positions, either as add-ons to houses/buildings, or as a constituting element of a gardening landscape.  Evidently, having a deck at home, either because you want the extra space, or because it is aesthetically pleasing, is a good idea.  Let us say that you settled on building a deck at home; the first question that you have to answer is this: what kind of deck should I go with.  There are different kinds of decks; the most commonly used are composite decks and wood decks.  Both kinds of decks have their pros and cons, but if you are thinking long term, you should definitely go with composite decking.

Composite decks are made of recycled wood fibers and plastics, and apart from being more economic than wood decks, they can go unattended for a longer time.  Why?  Well, unlike wood decks, composite decks are not as exposed to rot, insects, moisture, and stains like wood decks are.  A composite deck can hold off moisture much more effectively than wood, and if it gets dirty, it is much easier to clean up without there being any stain marks left.  Furthermore, they do not crack or split due to abrupt temperature changes, and as if this were not enough, most composite decking manufacturers guarantee their product for no less than ten years.

What does this mean?

Well, for starters, it means that you will have to spend no money whatsoever in maintenance for a period of no less than ten years (you will not need to repaint or reseal the deck, for example).   Finally, it is important that you keep in mind that composite decks are made out of recycled materials, whereas wood decks are not.  This signifies that composite decks are much more environment friendly than wood decks, and given that we are living in a time where environmental awareness runs high, it is important to do what can be done in order to help the environment.

Having said this, all that remains to be said is that if you ever decide to go with a deck, do not go with a wood deck, go with a composite deck.  Sure, wood decks can be more luxurious, sophisticated, and beautiful even.  However, they are expensive, they are more difficult to uphold (as they need constant maintenance and care), and above all, they do nothing to lessen global warming.

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