If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably searched online for topics related to outdoor deck building in the last few years. And if you’ve done that, there is one word that you’ve probably seen mentioned countless times: Composite. Everything seems to be about a composite decking these days – and for good reason. Not only does composite decking last longer then even the most durable natural wood, it can now closely mimic the appearance of virtually any type of lumber. It can even look likes natural stone or other materials.

Once you tally up all of the benefits of composite decking, you might find it easy to believe that natural wood decking will soon be a thing of the past. Why wouldn’t people choose a longer lasting material that requires less maintenance?

Well, we’re here to tell you that natural wood decking is not going anywhere. Composite will continue to be an important (and possibly even a dominant) player in the outdoor decking industry, but there will always be a place for natural wood – and here are five reasons why.

1. Wood is classy

Composite decking comes pretty close to the look and feel of natural wood, but not quite. You can’t have all of those weather and insect-resistant capabilities while retaining the natural feel of wood. There will always be a place for outdoor decks built of majestic tropical hardwoods, and even more affordable pressure-treated lumbers.

2. It’s cheaper (at least up front)

The average cost of a natural wood deck is lower than that of composite. Manufacturers charge a premium for composite materials because they stand up so well against the elements, and require virtually zero maintenance. Natural wood is cheaper to start off with, although when you factor in the cost of periodic sanding and staining, plus the slightly shorter lifespan, some homeowners feel that composite is the better overall value.

3. It doesn’t get as hot

Composite decking materials, for all their amazing advantages, have a way of really heating up in the sun. This is due to their composition, which is a mixture of natural wood fibers, plastics, and other synthetic materials. Natural wood tends to stay cooler. Many people also say that it feels more natural underfoot.

Should I go natural?

Composite decking actually costs a little more on average to install, but most homeowners feel this higher price is justified when the lower maintenance requirements and longer lifespan are taken into account. National woods, on the other hand, offer a look and feel that composite will frankly never be able to replicate — at least not perfectly.

A well-crafted outdoor deck made of fresh Cedar or redwood is a thing of beauty, and no matter how popular composite decking becomes, natural woods will remain popular in the marketplace as well. Knowing which one is right for you and your property is much easier if you have an experienced deck builder on your side who can give you valuable perspective based on a deep knowledge of the industry, and years of feedback from past clients.

Client Testimonials

J.Widener from Newton, NJ

“Outstanding team. Very impressed with the whole process and the most with my new beautiful deck!”

S.Long from Franklin Township, NJ

“The deck looks FANTASTIC. I still can’t believe that Deck Guardian was able to resurface my old, ugly deck. Our neighbors have stopped by to comment on how great the deck looks. The attention to detail, work ethic and professionalism set this company apart. I highly recommend Deck Guardian!”

M.Lewis from Fleminton, NJ

“We have received numerous compliments from Neighbor’s and friend’s who think that the finished project looks terrific. Not only do I appreciate the “quality job”, but I really appreciate the professional manner Skip handled all the details!”

L.Cohen from West Orange, NJ

“When I came home yesterday, I could not believe how amazing my newly resurfaced deck looked. Crew did an amazing job. It was also a pleasure to work with your salesperson, very professional and knowledgeable!”

S.Smith from Chester Township, NJ

“I’m completely impressed. I have dealt with my share of contractors as I have been updating my home for several years. Deck Guardian gets the gold medal. Deck Guardian restored my 10 year old deck & fence to a brand new condition. I am amazed!”

P.Tang from Westfield, NJ

“Deck Guardian Team did a good and pleasant job to give us a professional service and a beautiful new deck, without replacing it. We love the color and the way it feels like. Highly recommended!”

Kathryn Barchi from Piscataway, NJ

“My husband and I had recently moved into a new home and quite quickly we learned of so many things that both us and the home inspector missed prior to the purchase; the deck being one huge item. We quite desperately wanted to use our deck and know that it was safe for us, our kids, our pups, and our guests, which in the original state, was definitely not the case. Deck Guardian to the rescue! The Deck Guardian team, from the free estimate to the point of project close, were quite wonderful to work with entirely. They even pointed out additional things we had missed with regards to the safety of our deck. Of course, best of all, the Deck Guardian team was able to work within our budget, while giving us back our deck with a new lease on life. Deck Guardian far exceeded our expectations and for that, my husband and I can not thank them enough!!!”

Jessica Ravitz from Skillman, NJ

“Deck Guardian completed an amazing deck replacement project for us in less than 2 weeks after we signed our contract. Not only did they provide an extremely competitive price, we got a beautiful deck that so greatly exceeded our expectations! Everyone at Deck Guardian is wonderful – from the estimator, the crew and the administrative staff – very friendly, professional, meticulous and hard working. We are so pleased and give the highest recommendation!!! Thank you Deck Guardian!”

Paul Cichello from Bridgewater, NJ

“I contacted Deck Guardian and was given an estimate the very next day. The representative was very knowledgeable and fair. The workers were polite and professional. We are satisfied with our new deck and would recommend Deck Guardian to anyone who wants quality work.”