Composite is often publicized as the decking material that will eventually replace the use of wood altogether. These bold claims largely rest on the fact that composite decking typically lasts longer and doesn’t suffer from rot. However, there are a number of downsides associated with composite decking homeowners should be aware of before settling on this material.
Wood is natural which, obviously, reflects the way it looks. Composite decking, on the other hand, can appear cheap and fake. Although composite is not technically prone to rot, it will begin to show clear signs of decay and aging, which can make it dull and unappealing. While you can purchase composite decking with a wood effect, it’s just not the same as the real thing.
Durability and Safety
Composite decking is known to sag and bend much more than most wood type materials. The composite may not fare well under weight or heavy traffic, resulting in decking that quickly becomes unattractive. Perhaps most concerning of all, many composite decking brands are slippery by design. Add this non-resistance to mold and mildew, and you have a potential recipe for disaster.
Benefits of Wood
There are benefits when purchasing high-quality composite decking, as previously discussed. However, the same applies to options for wood decking. Wood decking is designed to last from 10-15 years; whereas some composite decking brands claim their product can last as long as 30 years. Homeowners who don’t mind paying a little extra for the real look and feel of wood will enjoy their decking much longer with regular maintenance, too.
If you prefer natural decking, trust in wood. At Roof to Deck Restoration we can provide maintenance that will seal and protect your wood decking against weather, dirt, moisture, furniture, and everyday traffic. Call us at 651-699-3504 today to find out how and receive a quote.