In the old days, wood was the only real choice when it came to deck and patio design. Wood is a great material for many home improvement projects, but it comes with some caveats.
Wood requires plenty of maintenance, especially when it’s exposed to the elements as decks are. You have to spend time and money replacing damaged boards, sanding, painting or staining, and removing those marks from the last barbecue. Wood is also prone to rot, and it can attract pests like termites and ants.
Over the last few decades, wood has slowly given way to composite custom decks. Most homeowners these days would rather spend time enjoying their extended living space than maintaining it or worrying about it when the weather is bad.
Here are some of the top advantages of choosing composite over wood for your deck:
Low Maintenance and Durable
Sanding, staining and painting are part and parcel of wood deck ownership. You get none of that when you have a composite deck. A little mild soap and water, and a soft mop or microfiber cloth are enough for keeping your deck looking new over the years.
You won’t experience rot, cracks, scratches, mold or any of the problems that often come with wood decks. Composite decks today are so durable that it’s not uncommon for them to last more than 25 years before you even notice some fading.
Looks Like the Real Thing
Wood gives a home that incomparable rustic charm that homeowners have loved for decades. Composite mimics that look to give you the best of both worlds: the beauty of wood and the durability of composite. What’s more, it doesn’t take a single tree to build your deck.
Better Value Over Time
You may spend a bit more for that composite deck than you would for a wood one, but over time, because it doesn’t require any expensive maintenance, composite still has better value than wood.