Composite Decking Pros and Cons

Composite Decking - Large Patio

Having a beautiful and low maintenance deck is possible with a composite deck. Gone are the days of composite wood that falls apart and looks like plastic. Composite wood today can be made to look like their natural wood counterparts with all the benefits of plastic.  

Choosing a composite wood deck can be a beneficial choice for you and your family. Read more to discover the advantages and disadvantages of composite wood decks, and how it can easily fit into your family’s needs.  

What is Composite Decking  

Composite Decking is a type of deck material that is made from a combination of recycled wood scraps and plastic and is wrapped in plastic. This combination makes composite wood durable and eco-friendly. Today’s composite decking materials combine the durability of plastic with the aesthetics of natural wood. Coming in a variety of colours, grain styles and price ranges making them a great fit for your landscaping projects.  

The variety and the durability of composite wood decking makes it a great fit for homeowners who want a beautiful wood deck without the maintenance associated with a natural wood deck.  

Advantages of Composite Decking  

The advantages of composite decking extend beyond the longevity of your deck (roughly 25 – 30 years), here are more advantages of choosing composite decking:  

  • Fade, scratch and strain resistant 
  • Different lengths and widths of boards that fit your needs 
  • Matching fascia, railings, baluster, treads and posts available  
  • No warping, cracking or splitting
  • Mold and mildew resistant  
  • Termite resistant  
  • Splinter free 
  • Easy cleaning; soap and water only  
  • Eco – Friendly; made from recycled materials  
  • Many colour varieties  
  • Increased fire resistance  

The advantages of composite wood decking means that your family can enjoy your outdoor patio for many years to come.  

Composite Decking Under Construction

Disadvantages of Composite Decking 

Though composite decking has many advantages, you must also consider the disadvantages associated with composite decking. The problems associated with composite decking are as follows:   

  • Higher initial cost  
  • Specific installation required  
  • Deck boards can be scuffed or stained by foods and oils  
  • No buffing possible; if a scratch occurs the plank can only be replace 
  • Colour fading  
  • The planks can become hot on feet, depending on the colour and location of the deck 
  • Not all types look like wood  

A composite wood deck is a great choice for homeowners who want the luxury of a wood deck, without the work. By choosing a composite wood deck, you are ensured a safe environment for you and your family; no more splinters. Composite wood decking can fit into any landscape style and can be used to create a luxurious oasis right outside your door.  

Having a beautiful and low maintenance deck can be achieved when you choose a composite deck. The experts at MPS Property Services can help you achieve that look, contact them today.   

Sources:  

https://trustedpros.ca/articles/decks/pros-and-cons-of-composite-decking  

quickenloans.com/blog/pros-cons-composite-decks  

https://www.davisenterprise.com/features/five-advantages-of-composite-decks/  

https://greengarageblog.org/16-pros-and-cons-of-composite-decking