Homeowners everywhere are looking for durable ways to improve their homes and properties. A great way to increase the value of your property is by installing decking. People are becoming more interested in durable versions such as composite decks. Composite decking is gaining rapid popularity. If you are considering installing a composite deck, you may wonder if it’s worth it. Let’s go over the pros and cons of composite decks.
Pro: Low Maintenance
Nowadays, people are busier than ever. They are working hard during the day and want to spend their free time with their loved ones. Therefore, having decking that requires little maintenance is very beneficial. In fact, this is one of the biggest benefits of composite decking. Composite decks are very resistant to rot and can last for years and years. The material doesn’t require repainting or resealing. Just a quick rinse with water to remove debris is all you need.
Since composite decking does not rot from moisture and insect damage, it is more durable than traditional wood decks and will last much longer. Composite wood is less likely to fade from weather exposure. Its lifespan is also much longer compared to its wooden counterparts. Where traditional wooden decking can last up to 15 years, composite decks can last up to 30 years!
Pro: No Splintering
With hazards like splintering, chipping, and decay, damaged wood decking can jeopardize your family’s safety. The unique texture and structure of composite decking material mean that it will not be damaged like most wood decking materials.
Con: You Get What You Pay For
Not all composite decking is created equal. Much like low-grade lumber, lower grade composite decking may scratch easily. Investing in a high-quality composite or fully synthetic decking board will drastically minimize the possibility of irreparable scratching and negate the necessity of replacing entire boards when they are damaged
Con: Made from Unnatural Materials
Composite decking mimics the appearance of natural wood. However, because the raw material contains plastic, the composite decking has a slight plastic texture when viewed up close. If you are looking for an all-natural deck that doesn’t contain plastic, composite decking may not be for you.
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