When it comes to deck design, your choice of decking material matters a lot. The decking material you choose will influence the durability and aesthetics of your deck, as well as the level of maintenance required to keep the deck in pristine condition.
Real wood is the traditional choice of construction material for decks. It is strong, durable and beautiful. However, it can be pricey and hard to find in certain regions of the country. Luckily, there are more choices for decking materials now than ever.
Composite decking boards are increasingly growing in popularity as alternatives to natural wood decking boards. Check out some of the amazing benefits of building a composite deck.
Composite decks are durable and virtually maintenance-free.
Although a natural wood deck is a durable choice for any home, it can splinter, warp, rot or be attacked by insects. As a result, it requires a high level of care and upkeep to remain structurally sound and keep looking beautiful.
Composite decking boards are made by mixing wood dust/fibres and recycled plastics. Because of its synthetic composition, composite decking resists splinter, warp, rot and insects. These attributes make it a more durable option compared to natural wood.
Plus, composite decking is almost maintenance-free. All you have to do to keep your deck looking pristine is to clean it on occasion.
Composite decks can be designed to look like natural wood.
If you love the appearance of a real wood deck without its high-maintenance requirements, a composite deck can be an excellent option. The top-facing side of composite deck boards can be made to mimic natural wood grains, making your deck look like it's made of real wood but without extra maintenance.
Composite decks are a good choice for the environment.
Building decks with composite material benefits the environment in many ways. Firstly, it reduces the demand for wood supplies required to build natural wood decks. This helps conserve the existing stock of trees. Secondly, it makes use of recycled plastics, which helps repurpose end-of-life plastics that would otherwise end up in landfill sites.
Plus, the longer lifespan of composite decks compared to natural wood decks reduces the need to remove and replace old decks. This minimizes the rate at which construction waste is produced.
Planning a deck construction project? Book a consultation with a deck builder close to you for more information on composite decks and other decking options.