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November 28, 2023

Composite Deck Vs Wooden Deck

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When you think of building a new deck, the first thing you will have to decide is whether you want one made of wood or one made of composite. The latter will be heavier as more support beams are required to hold it. The standard rule for a wood deck is that the support pieces are placed 16 inches apart. With composite decking, a distance of 12 inches needs to be maintained between supports.

The Material

Composite decking is made out of recycled wood pellets or fibers and plastic. The scrap is mixed with synthetic material which lends it a more natural appearance. The fact that it is made of recycled material is a huge advantage as a large number of people are now opting for eco-friendly building options. Most wood on the other hand is made of pressure-treated hardwood as this material has water-resistant properties. Many home improvement stores sell composite planks and tiles. The latter can be used if a home owner prefers to maintain the original material but wants a different finish.

The Price Factor

On an average, composite costs double that of wood. However, from a long-term point of view, the former lasts longer and tends to be more economical. This is what makes people opt for it despite its higher cost. This material will last for as much as five to seven years while wood may need to be replaced a couple of times in that period. Numerous installers and home improvement stores now offer attractive financing options and the payments can be spread out. This tends to make the cost less of a hurdle for homeowners.

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Composite is very low-maintenance. A simple pressure wash is all that is required to rid it of debris and dirt. Wood on the other hand, will have to be varnished and water-proofed to protect it from moisture and rain. It will also have to be stained annually in order to keep the grain intact.

Strength And Durability

Composite blends wood chips with a synthetic material and can withstand rough weather conditions. It is also insect-resistant unlike some varieties of wood. Wood tends to crack and splinter while there are no such problems with composite. However, the latter tend to get scratched, stain quicker and also fade over a period of time.


Over the last few years, composite has become visually more appealing. There was a time when it looked cheap and fake but now, good-quality composite decking can look very elegant and sophisticated. It is available in a variety of natural wood grains and colors. Wood colors can be very limited unless it is painted. The color of wood will depend on the variety of wood that has been used.

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Source by Juanita Swindell

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