“Composite or Natural Wood”, this is the popular question asked when designing a deck.
Composite material has quickly become the 1st choice in decking material for people investing in their outdoor living space. Like any type of material in renovations, materials come in low, mid and high quality and pricing. Composite has a grand price tag attached to its durability and beauty compared to natural wood. This can make homeowners shy away from the upfront investment of building with it.
Over time, a composite deck can actually cost less than a deck built with natural wood because of the minimal upkeep and durability of the material.
Most people when they go with composite, the deciding factor is the low maintenance and longevity of the decking, maintaining its original beauty and rich color.
This type of decking can combine recycled plastic, wood chips and sawdust making it environmentally friendly and durable. Some of the most popular manufactures of composite decking material are AZEK, TimberTech and Trex. Each have a vast array of colors and wood-look to their material.
So let’s have a look at the Pros and Cons of composite before you make your final decision on your decking material.
- Low Maintenance
- Variety of Colors
- Won’t Rot or Splinter
- Easy To Clean
- Certain Composite Products Can Look Fake and Cheap
- Can Be Hot
- Can Be Slippery
When designing your deck, your professional deck builder should be able to help you decide on material based on your budget and what you are looking to achieve for a look. Natural wood always looks fresh when new and has less of an upfront cost. Composite is a luxury decking material that looks elegant year after year but your price-tag is much higher on your deck initially.
A deck is an outdoor living room, providing you a place to enjoy time outside with your family and friends. When you contact your professional deck builder let them know your vision and your budget. Everyone deserves to walk out on their deck and take a deep breath, whether it is on natural wood or composite.