Composite deck building is on the rise. The materials used are a mix of recycled wood and recycled plastic, is low-maintenance, and has many other benefits not available with traditional wood deck building.
Spending the money on a composite deck is a big choice, and while composite decks are very popular, it’s important to look at the pros and cons before making any decisions.
Composite decking materials come in a variety of colors and styles, which means you can customize your deck to match your home perfectly. You won’t have to settle for a type or style of wood which doesn’t fit your vision because there are a wide variety of options you can choose from with composite materials.
Composite decking materials are also water resistant and extremely durable. In other words they last a lot longer than wood decks do. They also don’t end up with the cracks, wear, and discoloration which comes from time spent outside in the elements.
Since composite materials are a combination of recycled wood and plastic, they don’t require a lot of maintenance and don’t need to be sanded or stained. This will save you both time and money in the long run. It also means that cleaning mildew or other gunk off your deck is a breeze.
Lastly, since they are made of recycled materials, composite decks are incredibly eco-friendly and help to lower wood consumption and reduce pollution caused during the creation of plastic.
Building a deck out of composite materials does have its downsides. Composite decks can cost a little more than wood decks, which might be a problem when considering your budget. When factoring in price, it’s important to note that while the initial cost of the deck may be more, it does save you money over time in costs that accompany upkeep and repair of wood decks.
While they are pretty hardy decks and offer a lot of protection against the weather and other natural factors, some activities can damage your deck. Avoid letting grease or hot coals from grilling come in contact with the deck as it can warp the deck.
The Bottom Line
Really, it all depends on what you’re looking for in a deck. If your only concern is the upfront price, then wood materials might be a better choice for you. However, if you want something that will last, that’s easy to maintain, and can hold up to the elements, then a composite deck might be the way to go.
If you’re still not sure what type of deck to install, then contact a qualified local Maryland deck builder, such as Custom Deck Builders, today. We can quote you on the price for either option, and help you walk through the decision as it pertains to your specific circumstances.