Composite decking is the new kid on the block. And by “new” I mean 30 years old. Composite decking is quickly growing in popularity, and the product quality just keeps getting better.
There are many ways composite decking is made, but the point is that they are made of something besides solid wood in order to improve on Mother Nature’s formula.
Now let’s see how it stacks up to the competition in COST, LIFETIME and LOOK and FEEL.
FIRST COST $$-$$$
Composite decking is more expensive up front than cedar and treated decking, but there is a wide range of pricing depending on your selection.
TRUE COST $$-$$$
Composite decking really starts making sense when you look at the cost of the deck over the next decade or more. There is virtually no cost to maintain this product over time.
LIFETIME 25+ years
Because composite decking is man-made, it is a very consistent and stable product. Many of the most popular options include a 25 year warranty.
As for maintenance, it is stain resistant and free of knots, checks and splinters. It doesn’t warp or split over time. Powerwash it and you are good to go.
LOOK AND FEEL ***
You will score composite decking’s look based on your personal preference. There are purists out there that see manmade decking as soul-less. They feel if it didn’t come directly from the hands of the Good Lord, it isn’t worth drinking beers on. But I believe seeing a nice composite deck with perfectly consistent boards and lines is a beautiful thing. Especially with hidden fasteners so you don’t see any nails or screws.
Your feet will have a hard time arguing with the smooth, consistent feel of a composite deck. No cracks, bumps or splinters to be found. Some composite products can build up heat, which can make barefoot-in-the-summer a challenge, but most are not.
Now, do you want to check out some of the best composite options?
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