Terms of the Trade: What Is Composite Decking?

A composite deck.

Composite decking is a popular alternative to traditional wood for decks because it eliminates much of the upkeep that wood requires due to wear and tear and exposure to the elements. This material is made with thermoplastics (usually recycled from bottles and bags) that typically resists fading, staining, and mold. Of course, because it's not wood it also doesn't rot and doesn't attract bugs and insects. While this material does have its downsides, such as that it's more flexible compared to lumber, its durability is a high selling point.