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Tech Tips: Composite Vs. Traditional Wood Decks

This Tech Tip is from one of our lead technicians, Jonathan Jones.

Are you thinking about building a deck or replacing your current deck? When you are considering a new deck, you should consider whether traditional wood or composite materials will best suit your needs and preferences. Composite materials are low-maintenance, while traditional materials like wood have a classic look. To identify which one is best for you, consider your budget and your style.

Although the price of getting a deck built has many factors apart from materials, the price of your materials is important. Some composite materials can be 2-3 times more expensive than treated pine wood. This can increase the initial cost to build, but choosing composite will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.

Composite

Composite decks are much more expensive upfront compared to wooden decks. They, however, offer many benefits that might make the cost worth it. They are low-maintenance, as they don’t require staining or sealing like wood decks. They are also durable, resistant to rot, and don’t splinter. Composite decks are available in various colors and styles, offering a wide range of design options. Additionally, they are environmentally friendly, as they are often made from recycled materials. Some popular options for composite materials are Trex, Timber, Tech, and Fiberon. These brands offer a range of colors, textures, and durability. They, however, may not have the same natural look and feel as wood. Additionally, extreme heat can make them hot to the touch. However, overall, they still offer many benefits.

Traditional Wood

Wood decks can be more affordable compared to composite decks. The wood material offers versatility in design and creates a natural and classic look for your deck. The best wood for building a deck depends on your preferences and budget. Popular options include cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated lumber. Cedar and redwood offer natural beauty and resistance to decay. Pressure-treated lumber is more affordable and treated to resist rot and insects. Consider factors like durability, maintenance, and appearance when choosing the best wood for your deck. They, unfortunately, require regular maintenance like staining and sealing to prevent rot and decay. They can also be susceptible to warping, splitting, and insect damage. However, with proper care, these issues can be minimized.


Repairs

Composite decks are generally easier to repair compared to wooden decks. With composite decks, you can often replace individual boards if they get damaged. Wooden decks may require more extensive repairs, such as replacing entire sections or boards. However, it is always a good idea to consult a professional for proper assessment and repair advice.


Want to start on your deck project today? Give us a call at 859-788-0512 to get started.


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