WHICH DECKING MATERIAL SHOULD YOU CHOOSE: WOOD OR COMPOSITE?
Nothing puts a finishing touch to your home like a deck. A deck can be a great addition to your property that allows you to enjoy outdoor living at its fullest. The addition of a deck to your home is an exciting project. However, before embarking on this exterior renovation, there are a number of factors to consider in order to ensure that the end result is a deck that will withstand its fair share of wear and tear, while remaining a solid financial investment.
While wood is the original and traditional material used for decks, it usually changes colour quickly unless you apply a finish. And maintaining that elevated expanse of lumber is a downright chore, what with all the scrubbing, bleaching, and staining that wood requires—not mentioning the occasional replacement of a splintered, warped, or rotten board.
Wood-Plastic Composites (WPCs) are usually made with a combination of recycled plastic and waste wood fibre, ground into sawdust.
- Whilst wood decking is cheaper than composite decking in terms of the initial outlay, this saving is lost over the years to more regular and expensive maintenance, which will also take up significant time. Composite decking costs less over its lifetime than wood and lasts longer, too. The initial cost of composite decking can often seem high when compared to wood. However, when one considers that composite decks don’t require nearly the same amount of maintenance and restoration as a wood deck, the higher initial investment pays for itself in as little as four years. WPCs do not corrode and are highly resistant to rot, decay and insects. Composites retain their good looks year after year.
- Composite decking requires less maintenance than wood decking; you will spend on average 16 – 32 hours per year maintaining your wooden deck, that’s half of your summer weekends staining and waterproofing, whereas with composite decking it’ll take between 2 – 4 hours per year cleaning your deck.
- Composite decking materials are Eco-friendly and toxin-free.
- Composite decking is safer; unlike wood which splinter, split, crack, or rot, composite decks will make your outdoor space safer for children, pets, and your bare feet.
- Wood-Plastic Composites (WPCs) look like natural wood; Composite decking has come a long way since the early 90’s. Today’s composites reflect the beauty of natural and exotic hardwoods, complete with subtle streaking and varied wood grain patterns.
Building a deck is a big investment that will add tremendous value to your property, so make sure that you make the right decision. Aesthetic Homes will gladly assist you in designing an aesthetically beautiful deck; choosing from a range of colours, textures and finishes that will best fit your unique requirements. Our project managers will be with you, every step of the way, assisting with any questions you may have and providing valuable advice.