A deck can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years if made from untreated wood and can last as long as 50 years for treated wood or composite materials.Because a deck is a long-term investment and you will be enjoying it for decades to come, it's important to understand your choice of materials before starting your building project.
Composite decking has a few lighter colors that you just can’t duplicate very well with wood decking. You can also get composite decking, trim, and railing components in white. Composite decking also maintains a consistent color and look from board to board, where natural wood can have inconsistencies in color and grain.
The choices are quite simple. If you really like the look of wood and don’t mind a little upkeep (upkeep is optional if you don’t mind your untreated deck to turn grey over time), then wood decking is definitely the way to go. If you don’t want to do any maintenance whatsoever, then composite decking is your best option.
The battle between wood and composite decking materials has been going on for decades with mixed results. While wood decks were clearly winning the bids until some ten years ago, the composite decking materials improved immensely in terms of structure, durability and safety.
Composite Decks. Although slightly more expensive than pressure-treated wood, composite decking is another good choice. Composite decks are made up of two main substances: resin and wood. Manufacturers use wood pieces to give the panels the appearance of natural wood. These wood pieces also add a lot of structural support to each panel.
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Composite decking requires less maintenance than wood decking. Composite decking is a lot like pre-finished flooring. It arrives as a finished product and NEVER needs sanding, staining, or painting -- just an occasional soap and water cleaning.