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Composite Wood Decks vs. Wood Decks

Decks constructed from wood can last anywhere from ten to thirty years if made from untreated wood while decks constructed from composite materials can last as long as fifty years. Because your deck is such a long-term investment, it’s important to consider carefully the materials that you will use before you begin your building project.

Composite Wood Decks

Composite wood decks are commonly known to require much less maintenance; therefore, the cost for composite wood is usually higher. Composite materials are gaining wide popularity. These materials are typically composed of wood fibers and recycled plastic. As they are clearly not natural, composite wood decks won’t have the unique beauty that a real wood deck has, although advancements in aesthetics make this difference almost negligible.

The strongest argument for composite materials over wood is that they are extremely low-maintenance. No refinishing, staining, or sanding is ever required. Therefore, they usually come with a 20-year to lifetime guarantee. The downside is primarily the price as it runs about twice as much as traditional wood.

Wood Decks

Although composite wood does have its place in the decking world, there are still many people who prefer real wood decks for their natural and warm appearances.

If you decide to go with a wood deck, it is extremely important to purchase high-quality lumber. An inexpensive and common option is pressure-treated lumber. This type of lumber is soaked in insecticide and anti-rot agents. The natural color of this type of lumber is a brown-green but staining is always an option for a more attractive color.

Your deck is an important addition to your home. While wood is substantially cheaper, it is important to keep in mind the reason that it is inexpensive. Affordable wood is often susceptible to splitting, cracking, and warping and requires much more maintenance.

Because of this, composite wood decks are a growing and popular long-term option for deck installations today. If you are considering a deck installation, contact Jenks Fence to learn more. You can also follow them on Twitter.