If you’ve been planning your decking area for a while, you’ve probably run into the composite vs. wood decking debate. For the newcomers, it’s a question of materials; older decks tend to be wood, while many newer decks consist of a “composite” wood/plastic composition.
Here are six reasons why you might consider composite decking for your next project.
Rot and Warp
Do you get rain showers? How about snow? Part of decking ownership is dealing with water management; in choosing your materials, you’re deciding how much you’re going to face.
This is what we’re talking about when we say that composite is “durable.” Changes in precipitation/temperature have a tendency to warp or rot any and all outdoor materials, but some will hold up better than others.
Wood, for example, has a tendency to accumulate mildew unless constantly supervised, and can warp drastically as the boards dry out after, say, a winter thaw or thunderstorm. If you’re in a climate that might have snow on Monday and sunshine by Friday, you’ll have to stay all the more vigilant.
Like durability, “low-maintenance” gets thrown around as one of those deck-keeping catchphrases. What exactly does it mean?
Basically, how frequently you’ll need repairs, and how frequently you’ll need to sand, stain, clean, and power wash.
Composites are low-maintenance. They clean quickly, they rarely need repairs, and their fixes are quick and easy. Upkeep will take minimal energy, so you’re spending most of your time enjoying the garden instead of maintaining it.
If you have kids, pets, or maybe just prefer to spend a morning cup of coffee barefoot, you’ll need to consider splintering. Sure, you could renew with periodic sanding and varnishing of your wood deck to keep everything smooth and safe.
Or you could go composite – No splinters.
Stains, Scratches, and Bug-life
We all want to add value to our homes. Composite decking will last and last (with some basic maintenance) and this will become an asset to your home. Isn’t it a nice thought that you don’t have to varnish or stain your decking.
Maybe your into property development and want to add that absolute WOW factor to maximise re-sale? Go composite – it is worth the investment.