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Which Decks are better? Wood VS Composite

When planning to have your deck built. There are two important options to consider, Wood or Composite. At the Pro Handyman shop, we build both types of decks. They are both unique decks, but you must consider which will work best for you and your family. Many homeowners choose wood decking because it is familiar, readily available and affordable. At the same time, wood decking problems like splinters, rot, and high maintenance cause many headaches. Although composite decking is easier to maintain, some homeowners worry that composites won't look as nice as wood. When evaluating wood vs. composite decking, some key issues to consider are Looks, Moisture, Durability, and Maintenance.

Pros and Cons of Composite Decking

Composite decks are made from recycled material which means that it is good for the environment. Moisture Shield says, "Composite wood decking is made of wood fibers encased in plastic." They also give the same appearance of real wood. Composite decking can also resist weather, stains, mold, and mildew. Even though they are water resistant and don’t require sealing or painting, they are also known to last longer than wood decks. While composite decks do not rot and are more durable than wood they are on the expensive side, however, composite decking usually ends up paying for itself within 2 -3 years when including the cost of annual maintenance.

Pros and Cons of Wood Decking

Wood decks are very common among most homeowners. Wood decking has historically had an advantage over composite decking when it comes to summer weather, as composite decking can become uncomfortably hot in direct sun. At the Deck Pro Shop, our pro deck builders utilize wood quite frequently. There are several different types of wood that our handymen use for deck repair and deck building. Three of the most common choices are Redwood, Cedar, and Pressure - Treated wood which can be made of various types of wood species. Redwood and Cedar are naturally rotted, and insect-resistant, and they also give off a natural look. Most wood decks are recyclable, unlike most composite decks. ​Wood decks also require periodic staining and sealer applications to retain their look. ​Also, unmaintained wood can split, crack, and change color.

What’s next in building your deck? As more builders and homeowners learn the differences between wood and composite decking, many are turning to high-performance composite decking. What material will you choose?

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