There are a lot of great benefits to having a deck built onto your home. For starters, it’s a good selling point, if you’re trying to lure in homebuyers. If not, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. If space allows, you can build a large deck that is equipped with a roof and patio furniture. If you have an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool, a wrap-around deck would be ideal to have to make getting into and out of the pool easier. It will also give you and your family a place to soak up sun after or before a swim. Now, when it comes to choosing the type of material to use for the deck, you’ll want to choose something that is easy to maintain and that lasts long. Composite and wooden are the most popular materials used for decks.
What They’re Made Of
Composite decks are made out of recycled plastic and fibers or wood pellets. Then the scrap is mixed with the synthetic materials that make the composite look more natural. Some people like the idea that composite decking is recycled materials, making them eco-friendly. On the other hand, wooden decks are created from pressure-treated hardwood to make it resistant to water. You can find tiles and planks made of composite at your local home improvement stores. Tiles can be used if you’re looking to use the original material but have a different finish.
Which One is Economical?
As you can imagine, wooden decks are half the cost of composite decks. However, composite lasts much longer than wood, making them a more economical choice in the long term. This is why most people opt for composite decks instead of wood. They tend to last between five and seven years, while wood is usually replaced multiple times during this time frame. Some home improvement stores have financing options for composite decks, allowing homeowners to build their decks without worrying too much about the cost. The payments are spread out, so that it doesn’t hurt your wallet too much.
Which is Easier to Take Care Of?
If you’re looking for a deck material that is easy to maintain, then composite is the one to consider. All you have to do is pressure wash it to get rid of dirt and debris. In order to care for wood, you will have to wash it by hand and use a water-proof sealant to protect it from water damage from moisture and rain. Staining it each year is recommended, so that the grain will stay intact.
Looks and Durability
Since composite is made from plastic, wood chips and other synthetic materials, it is more durable than wood. It is able to withstand rough weather. Composite is also bug-resistant, unlike wood. Wood gets scratched and stained easier and faster and will fade over time.
Overall, composite will look better longer, but is more costly upfront. Composite also looks elegant and sophisticated. Some manufacturers make composite that looks like natural wood, so if it’s the look you’re going for and want longevity, this would be ideal for you.