Decks are a tremendous investment in your home’s value. They help you utilize the outdoor space of your home more effectively and expand your living space. They’re great for entertaining or just plain relaxing. For most homeowners, a new deck is a no-brainer. There are a lot of decking options out there, though. Your decision starts with the decking material.
Composite and wood decking are the most popular options for homeowners today. Each has its pros and cons, and we’re here to break down the differences between the two.
Composite decking is made of mostly recycled material and manmade, it mostly consists of wood fibers and some plastic. One of the biggest advantages of composite decking is its ability to look like natural wood decking while offering increased durability.
Just because composite decks contain wood, doesn’t mean that they aren’t strong against weather and pests. They also perform well in the sun compared to wood; there is no fading or rotting. Composite also shields well from moisture. The material is naturally resistant to water and isn’t impacted by warping or splintering like wood can.
Wood decks come with staining, sanding, and more maintenance. There is a decent amount of work to keep your deck in shape. That isn’t the case for composite decking; they can be easily cleaned with a push broom and some simple washing.
As we mentioned, composite decking can mimic the look of wood siding, but it also comes in many other styles as well. You can build a deck in any size or shape, and have it built to match or contrast your home’s color. Top manufacturers have decking materials in all shades and styles, so no matter the look of your home, there is a fit.
Everyone loves natural wood when it comes to decks; they’re great looking and are one of the highest ROI projects you can do. Wooden decks usually come in cedar or pressure-treated wood. It’s the option that most homeowners think of.
Wood decking is typically the cheaper option for homeowners initially, but because of its frequent maintenance, it can be costly. Composite decking has the edge when it comes to price. Wooden decking requires painting, staining, and other treatments to keep it durable and long-lasting, and hiring contractors to do that adds up. Doing this maintenance yourself can be risky for your deck.
Decks built from wood can come in different colors and styles and can be easily stained or painted. One of the best things about wood decks is flexibility; you can stain your deck with a new color each season.
One of the downfalls of wood decks can be their durability. Without proper care, a wooden deck can break down fairly easily and faster than you’d think. Without the correct finishes and treatments, you can keep your deck resistant and waterproof.
Both composite and wooden decks are great options for any homeowner. Contact our team at Bennett Contracting today to learn more about our deck installation services.