A deck is an investment into your home that adds value. The choice between wood or composite decking materials is a big one. You need to understand the difference in order to make the right choice. Here are some such differences:
Low Maintenance Capabilities
Wood decks need to be sealed or painted, like any outdoor wood product. Composite decking, on the other hand, is a synthetic material that won’t split, crack, or rot despite a lack of attention. In fact, it can’t be painted or treated in any way and it doesn’t need it.
Durability for Composite Decking
Wood decks can last 10-15 years, but composite decking lasts, on average 25-30 years. There is minimal upkeep and the materials resist weather and damage in general in comparison to wood, which can be impacted by the climate.
Composite materials are often made from recycled materials, which can keep waste out of landfills and doesn’t use up trees. While you are using sustainable items, you are also helping the environment.
There’s no doubt about it, wood is beautiful on a deck. But it has to be kept up in order to remain that way. Composite materials have exotic hardwood grain patterns and can look realistic for a long time. With expanded colors, they are in style and are great choices for a fashionable deck.
While wood is the less expensive way to go, composite decking is still cost-effective because it lasts so much longer than wood and you don’t have to buy the materials to maintain it over the years. Plus, there are a variety of price points so most homeowners can find what they need to suit their budgets.
Wood boards have to be nailed and screwed together to create the deck of your dreams, but composite boards often have hidden clip systems that give you a seamless installation that is faster to put together, and more attractive overall.
If you feel like composite materials are the way to go for your deck, there are lots of different products from which to choose. It’s important to consult with professionals, like those at Paradis Remodeling & Building, to get the advice you need for the process. We can help you design and build your deck from start to finish and we will work with you to ensure that you get everything you need from the project. Your home value will raise greatly.