The use of modern Composite Decking is quickly overtaking wood decking due to its numerous benefits. These modern marvels of composites are created by combining wood fibres and recycled plastic so they are viewed as eco-friendly. A wooden deck will last for many years if maintained annually (minimum) but quality composites will last as long for more than 30 years… Here are the main advantages of using Composite Decking over wood decking.
Composite decks require almost no maintenance whereas wood decking needs to be cleaned every week almost. More often wood decking will lose its colour and fade to a tired grey when faced with direct sunlight. While composite decking will stay the same for years and choosing a light colour decking over the dark colour preserves the same finish for decades. Wood Decking will require furnishing every year with oils and staining while composite will remain the same impeccable look for generations.
Composite with the blend of wood and plastics comes with a finished appearance that is very pleasing to the eye. Composite will remain with a similar look for years to come whereas wood decking will often require you to oil or stain them regularly. Scorching heat, harsh winters, snow, and rain will affect wood decking while composites will remain neutral to the elements.
Another benefit of composite decking over wood is that they don’t splinter. This is great for families with children as wood decking can cause a lot of trouble. Even for pets, wood can cause harm to their body. So wood decking needs to be checked for these faults regularly and be maintained & repaired (careful attention to rusty nails and screws emerging from the deck).
Another major benefit is composite deckings are moisture-resistant and so allows their usage in high moisture conditions without any effect of decaying at all. Whereas wood decking will absorb water naturally and with regular use stains, warping, cracking, splintering & decay as they age. Any moisture or dirt surrounding the wood decking results in tarnishing, fading and becomes a home for moulds, mildew, and many insects.
As wood is generally susceptible to natural pests such as termites and other organisms, composite decking can’t be damaged with its outer layer impenetrable. These natural pests can eat through the wood making nests and destroy the whole structure slowly. Wood decking needs to be treated with sophisticated chemicals and pesticides to prevent damage from these pests whereas composite decking is not affected
At Brite Decking, we are one of the premium manufacturers of composite decking with custom requirements. Although these products are marginally dearer their life span and durability, combined with minimum maintenance and impeccable looks makes them more desirable than wood deckings.