Composite decking is a relatively new product to the decking industry. It's many benefits make composite decking a truly viable option to wood decking.
Compared to wooden decks, the composite deck has a long life. Composite decks are made of a compressed combination of vinyl, wood, and other recycled materials.
Because it combines plastic and wood, it lasts longer in the sun, rain and wind than traditional wooden decks.
Composite decking was developed in response to some of the standard complaints about wood decking.
Wood decks need to be stained regularly to maintain their appearance. Wood cracks, molds, splinters, rots relatively quickly, and needs constant maintenance in upkeep.
Composite decking doesn’t have the same splintering, rotting or molding problems, and does not have to be stained or sealed each year.
Composite decks are susceptible to some surface mold and staining, but the solution to that problem is a simple cleaning with standard household cleaners and a brush. It is quick maintenance compared to staining, sanding and power-washing that often accompanies a wood deck.
Composite decks don’t splinter and sliver, making them ideal barefoot surfaces. Another reason they’re great for bare feetis their slip resistant and do not overheat like wood decks.
Color Retention and Uniformity
Many people choose composite decks because of their uniform color. Since the boards are manufactured from a batch of mixed material, each board has the same look as the next.
Wood decks are notorious for fading to a dusty grey after several years of use, if they aren't stained and sealed regularly. If you like the silver grey color of a weathered deck, then this may not be a problem for you.
However, many people don’t like the grey look, but find it difficult to constantly maintain the deck with staining. They may then choose composite decking for their outdoor living spaces.
Pest and Rot Control
Standard wood decking has to be infused with pesticides and heavy metals like arsenic during its pressure treating process. Without these additions, wood is susceptible to being invaded by pests, but with it, wood can be dangerous to children, animals and even adults as the wood deteriorates over time.
Composite decking does not need these additives to be resistant to molds and fungi, insects or decay. It’s naturally resistant to these items because of the manufacturing process and the materials used to construct composite decking.
Because composite decking is a manufactured product, it is never “finished,” but is constantly being improved and tested.
Over 50 different companies manufacture composite decking, and each one has a research and development division constantly working on solving any problems with the product.
Advances are being made in the realistic look and wood grains, keeping colors bright and even, and fasteners such as the “t” clips that prevent the need for nails or screws on the surface with some types of composite decking.