- There’s less maintenance. Consumers must decide if the look and feel of natural wood is worth the work that goes into periodic staining, painting and replacing sections that have begun to decay. If you’d rather spend your time doing something else, composites are your choice.
- Composites come in a variety of colors. Unlike wood, composites don’t need to be painted or stained to match your home’s exterior.
- You can use recycled materials. Some composite companies are using recycled materials. This means your synthetic deck can be environmentally friendly.
- The technology is improving. Some manufacturers now produce decking with a hard plastic shell bonded to composite boards to improve durability. According to Popular Mechanics, this makes the surface less prone to staining, fading, scratching and mold.3
Cons of Composite Decking
- A pricey alternative to wood. Durability comes at a cost, as composite decking is more expensive than wood. It could cost 15 to 20 percent more for composite material than pressure-treated pine.
- Composites aren’t natural. No matter how much effort goes into making composites look like wood, they’re not. The only way to get the full beauty of a wood deck is to use the real thing.
- Composite decks aren’t completely maintenance free. Like wood decks, they still require you to sweep up leaves and other debris, and wash them down periodically.
- You’ll need to comparison shop. Because there are a variety of composite manufacturers, it’s important to compare prices and ask questions about durability. Many composites now come with stain and fade warranties, so be sure to check that the material you select has a warranty. At Centerview Construction we will guide you with ease through the deck building process. Let’s get started- (Free Estimate) -Linking to Contact Form.