Wood vs Composite
Wood decks and decks made with composite decking materials both have their pros and cons. We’ll lay out a few of the facts here to help you make your decision on what type of decking material is right for your new deck.
Keep in mind that all decks use treated lumber for the framing, which is the structural part that holds the deck up.
Wood decks are typically built with cedar, redwood and pressure-treated pine. Many other woods are available.
- Real wood has a distinct look and feel
- Less expensive initial cost
- Splinters can be a problem
- Susceptible to rot and warping
- Susceptible to termites
- Requires periodic staining
Composite decking is made from
- Made from wood fibers and recycled plastic
- Won’t rot or warp
- No splinters
- Stain resistant
- Insect resistant
- Low maintenance
- More expensive initial cost
The initial cost of composite decking can be nearly twice the cost of a comparable wood deck. But when you factor in the actual cost over time, composite decking may be more cost effective. This is because wood decks require more maintenance. If you’re willing to do the resealing and repairs yourself, a wood deck will still be cheaper, but if you’re going to hire someone then it would be worthwhile to factor that future cost into your decision at the time when the deck is being installed.
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