Most common question we get from our customers is what’s better wood or composite.
Everyone loves the natural look of wood but hates the painting, staining and sealing. Wood decks of all types, including Pressure treated yellow pine, cedar, redwood, ipe, mahogany and others require extensive upkeep. The 4 seasons weather climate in New Jersey is devastating to any wooden surface if its not protected. Over time wood can rot, split, swell and fade if it’s not well protected from the weather elements. If installed properly with weather resistant hardware and maintained on the yearly bases a wood deck can go a long way lasting 15-20 years.
Composite decking was designed to eliminate the maintenance wood requires and to hold up for a longer period of time. First generation composite were subject to discoloration and staining over time requiring periodic power washing. Today’s composite has come a long way most popular being the caped composite. Caped composite has increased durability, long lasting colors and most important does not require any staining or painting. Composite color have come a long way as well offering options that extremely close to natural wood colors. A reputable composite manufacturer will offer a minimum 20 year warranty against rot, split, crack and fading.
In Today’s marked about %20 of the decks that are built are made of wood and the rest are made of composite materials.
Our advice: While a wood deck may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. On average, maintaining a wood deck will cost $550-$850 per year. Composite decking? Just $5-$15 annually. What’s more wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay and insects (not to mention Mother Nature) and have a shorter lifespan. Composites retain their good looks year after year so that the deck will keep its beauty for much longer time.