Is composite decking really worth it?
As an outdoor deck that allows you to relax and gather with your family, it can bring you a lot of conveniences. But different deck materials have different costs as well as advantages. Nowadays, more and more people choose to use composite decking to build outdoor living spaces. So, is composite decking worth it?
Outdoor decks can improve the overall aesthetics of your home. But the overall style of your deck depends on the deck material. Also, the cost range of traditional wood decking continues to rise with increased maintenance. Low-maintenance composite decks are becoming more accepted. What’s more, this composite deck with more convenience can bring more value to the house.
Why choose a composite deck?
Environmental friendliness and sustainability
Unlike other decking materials, composite decking not only provides the look and feel of natural wood. It also has a high level of environmental friendliness and sustainability. Composite materials are manufactured from a mix of recyclable plastics and wood chips. The use of recyclable plastic can effectively reduce plastic waste in life and serve to protect the living environment. The use of wood chips and other materials can increase the usage rate of trees and reduce the cutting of trees. Therefore, promoting composite decking is good for protecting the environment.
Higher house value
Some handymen may like to do some maintenance work for their wood decks. But more people may want to have more time to enjoy life than to maintain their outdoor wood decks. Therefore, for new home buyers, there is little difference in the condition. They may choose a maintenance-free composite deck over a wood deck that requires regular maintenance.
Not only does composite decking offer the benefits of being maintenance-free, but it is also easy to clean. This convenience has greater appeal to potential buyers. This means it will retain more transferable value over a longer period of time than other decking materials.
Composite decking has the advantage of being maintenance-free and easy to clean in addition to being easy to clean. It also has the advantage of good protection against fading, scratching, staining, mildew or warping. They are safe and comfortable and will not chip or splinter on the deck surface. Especially suitable for families with children and pets. Thanks to their unique protective shell and ability to withstand high traffic. They offer an unprecedented combination of stain, fade, and mildew resistance. Accidental spills of wine and oil stains from outdoor get-togethers will not stain composite decking either.
Most composite decking materials are backed by a long-term warranty. Because they have a long-lasting good look, your outdoor living space will remain beautiful for a long time. Composite decking is visually pleasing as a man-made composite material. It can be designed in various types of wood grain finishes and colors to better suit your home.
What is the cost of composite decking?
The cost of outdoor decking is one of the biggest concerns. Although valuable woods, such as IPE and other wood decks are expensive. But on average, composite decking is more expensive than pressure-treated lumber decking. Composite decking typically costs $10 to $15 per square foot. Pressure-treated wood deck typically costs between $3 and $15 per square foot.
That is if you want to build a 20 x 20 ft. outdoor deck. Composite decking can cost between $4,000 and $6,000. Wood decks can cost between $1,200 and $6,000. Therefore, composite decks are more expensive than regular wood decks when it comes to construction costs.
So, is it all over when your outdoor deck is built? Of course not! In addition to the initial construction costs. There are many subsequent maintenance costs for outdoor decks. For natural wood decking, regular maintenance and upkeep work is required every two years. After a few years of routine maintenance, the total cost of a wood deck will exceed that of a composite deck. The regular maintenance of wood decking will take a lot of your time in addition to the extra costs involved. Therefore, the extra maintenance cost drives people to choose the more practical quality composite decking. Therefore, composite decking is worth choosing.
There is no doubt that composite decking is more costly. But the utility of composite decking is better than wood decking. If you have any other questions, you can contact us and our service team can answer your questions. We also provide free samples so that you can have a better understanding of composite products. And you’ll know that composite decking are worth choosing.