Composite decking has been around for decades, and it is certainly worthy of being one of the most popular types of decking materials on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. While wood and vinyl are also popular materials, composite decking has various benefits as well. Is composite decking right for your home? Consider the pros and cons, plus the types available.
Pros of Composite Decking
Composite decking is primarily made from two materials: recycled plastic and recycled wood fibers. It also may have borate preservatives and ultraviolet light protection, besides pigmentation. A quality composite deck will last many decades and can withstand harsh weather. It does not rot or splinter like wood, although hollow composite planks can warp over time. Because of its sturdy composition, composites only need a scrub or powerwash with soapy water to clean it. No staining is required; plus, its color fades little over the years.
Cons of Composite Decking
The downside of composite decks is that they are more expensive than a wood deck. Pressure-treated pine or cedar costs less than this engineered, long-lasting product. Also, some homeowners may be disappointed that composite planks do not have the look or feel of wood, regardless of the stamped patterns or ridges that some composites have. Moreover, as with dark-stained wood, dark-colored composite will be hot underfoot in the heat of the sun. It also can be prone to stains and scratches, but these can fade out over time.
Types of Composite Decking
While one may focus on the different types of materials, wood, vinyl, and composite, one may forget that within each category are variations. Composite decking can have planks that are textured, textured on one side and brushed on the other, wrapped in plastic resin, made mostly from pure PVC, embossed, weathered, watertight, and much more. As mentioned before, some planks are solid while others are hollow. Due to the different kinds of composite decking, you will see a price range among the options.
While at first composite decks only came in limited color choices, there are now countless options for colors and designs. Like a wood deck, one can lay the planks to create all sorts of interesting patterns in different colors. To see the full range of possibilities, contact United Fence & Deck on the Eastern Shore for your new deck design!
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