Why is composite decking better than wood?
Composite decking is meant to be a better, more efficient, and more environmentally sustainable option than traditional wood decks. There are indeed a number of advantages, some of which are examined below:
What are the advantages of composite decking?
- Minimum maintenance requirements
The biggest advantage of composite decking is the fact that it requires minimal maintenance.
A traditional wood deck can be damaged by the elements, however composite decking is resistant to them by nature. Composite decking is impermeable to water and resistant to fungi, rot and mildew. In addition, composite decks are typically much stronger than traditional wooden decks, and so they are very resistant to indents and wear traffic.
Most surfaces, wood included, can get slippery when wet. However, composite decking offers traction that prevents slipping when the surface gets wet. It is important to note that not all composite decking has this characteristic.
- Environmental sustainability.
Because composite decking is made from recycled materials, it directly reduces the amount of garbage that goes to the landfills and the impact on the environment. Composite decking directly benefits the environment by being made from recycled material.
- Vibrant and permanent design
Composite decking provides a permanent and more vibrant option to wood decking. Unlike painting and staining, composite decking does not fade over time.
- Safe from splinters.
With composite decking, there is no possibility of getting injured by splinters as you enjoy your beautiful day.
- Long-term cost efficiency.
Because composite decking does not require regular maintenance that takes up time and costs,it will save you money over time compared to wood decks.
Is composite decking worth the extra money?
Ultimately, it’s up to you, the homeowner, to make this decision. As always, it’s a balance of several factors, price being only one of them. There are short-term and long-term factors to consider, but our company has tremendous experience with all kinds of decking and we have come to conclude that composite decking is currently the optimal choice.
What is bad about composite decking?
The key disadvantages of composite decking are its high price and the less natural look than that of wood decking materials.
Delta Decks are your decking pros in Toronto, please contact us to discuss all options. Our decking portfolio says it all.