Pros and Cons of Composite Deck Boards

Composite deck boards can be installed to create a beautiful area for patio furniture. These boards are generally manufactured from natural wood and synthetic materials. This type of building materials is generally denser and heavier than natural wood, making it stronger and longer lasting.


Exposure to the elements does not cause composite deck boards to warp. These boards are durable and long lasting. Little effort is required to maintain this type of decking. Composite deck boards are available pre-finished and do not require staining or refinishing. These boards are also available in preformed pieces. The composite materials used to create these boards are recycled. This efficient use of natural resources helps in reducing the use of living trees, making them an eco-friendly choice.


The initial costs involved with using composite deck boards are more than those with the installation of plastic, vinyl or natural wood boards. Over time, the composite boards will make up the difference through their limited maintenance costs, durability and lifespan. Composite boards require extra support in the deck installation process. Pressure treated wood is often used as the support to the boards. This wood can be costly. Formaldehyde was originally used in composite boards. Boards are now available with newer resins. Avoid any boards containing formaldehyde.