When building a new deck, the big decision is which materials to use. There are a few options, but ultimately it comes down to two options: wood or composite.
Wood decking is more traditional. It is sturdy and gives a custom look.
However, wood polymer composites are quickly gaining momentum. It is more environmentally friendly than real wood because it combines durable plastic and recycled wood fibers.
As for quality, wood decking has a lot of variables. Are you using a fashionable wood or a study wood – cedar or walnut? What kind of stain are you going to be using? We will try to remove the variables and focus on properties that all different wood decks seem the share.
Pros of Wooden Decks
- Authentic Wood
- Looks Natural
- Many options
Cons of Wooden Decks
- Requires maintenance
- Higher-quality woods can be expensive
Recycled wood is used in composites, so it makes it environmentally friendly. This is one of the big selling points for many people, especially younger generations who are generally more conscious of their environmental footprint.
Composites are typically made with recycled plastic combined with either bamboo, wood chips or sawdust.
Pros of Composite Decks
- Good in all weather conditions
- Easier to clean and maintain
- Lighter than wood
- Doesn’t rot
Cons of Composite Decks
- Can look fake and plastic-like
- They can mold (while in the shade especially)
- Can warp, or sag over time
Choosing What’s Right for you
In the end, you’ll want to choose which is right for you based on personal preference.
Both surfaces will be slick in the winter, but the composite decks will mold in damp, shady areas. Wood will rot, eventually needing replacement; composites will last much long provided they aren’t abused. Some homeowners may be required to go with a composite deck due to fire safety hazards.
Other options, like metal and plastic, also exist and are worth looking into.
No matter what you choose, you will have a new, fresh deck for your house that will change the entire look of your house. So make your choice carefully, being sure you are confident before installing your new deck.
If you’re unsure about what is best for your specific property, consider enlisting the expertise of a trusted professional who can lead you in the right direction.