Wood Versus Composite Decking


When people set out to build decks in their houses, the first thing they worry about is the kind of deck they are going to install.  Sure, when talking about the kind of deck you talk about its size, its style, and its color, but the most important aspect to consider when faced with this concern is the material that you want your deck to be made of.  Usually, when looking for a deck you have two options: composite decks and wood decks.  Each deck offers strong points and weak points, so in principle you might be somewhat unsure of what deck to go with.  In the end, however, if you take the time to weigh the benefits that each brings to the table you will unequivocally end up choosing the composite deck over the wood deck.

What is it about composite decks that make for safer and better quality decks?  Well for one thing, composite decks are much stronger than wood decks, so they can withstand temperature and weather changes much more effectively than wood decks.  As well, in terms of upkeep, going with a composite deck will save you money over the long run because they seldom need maintenance different from the occasional pressure wash to get rid of debris and dirt.  Wood decks, on the other hand, are not as strong and they cannot withstand temperature changes or adverse weather conditions like composites can.  Because of this, wood decks are more costly in the long run because they need frequent maintenance and upkeep.  Apart from the occasional pressure wash, wood decks also need to be waterproofed and stained every year or so in order to prevent them from being irreparably damaged.

Another important aspect to keep in mind when choosing between composite and wood decks is that wood decks must be protected against termites and other insects frequently.  As well, with wood decks there is always the risk of splintering or cracking, and this requires even further maintenance and even higher costs.  Composite decks are made mostly of synthetic material, so they are not targeted by termites and other bugs.

Furthermore, composites do not splinter or crack, and despite the fact that they are more prone to fading and scratching, they are easier to upkeep and maintain without having to incur in elevated costs.  Of course, some may be unsure of which kind of deck to choose because wood decks are sometimes more aesthetically pleasing and they are more economical.

However, be sure to weigh your options carefully and browse through all the options available to you in terms of composite decks.  There are composites just as beautiful and stylish as wood decks, and despite the fact that they are more expensive to purchase and install, remember that they amply make up for it in the long run.

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