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Understanding Composite Decking: Is It Right for Your Needs?

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Outdoor living spaces add appeal to your home, but they can also increase your home's total value. On average, the addition of a deck can offer you a 65 to 90 percent return on your investment. Because of its extra space, enhanced appeal, and increase in value, it is easy to see the benefits of a new deck.


Wood may be the most popular choice in decking materials, but it is not your only option. Today, more and more homeowners are seeing the enormous benefits of composite decking. Even though it is growing in popularity, you may not be familiar enough with the material to determine if it is right for you and your deck. If you are considering a new deck, here are a few things to know about composite decking.


Composite Is Not Plastic

A common misconception regarding composite decking is that it's plastic. But these are two entirely different products.


Plastic, or PVC, decking materials are made out of polyvinylchloride, which can be manufactured in a variety of different looks and colors. Composite decking consists of a combination of plastic and wood fibers, creating a more natural appearance and finish.


Both materials offer benefits, especially when compared to wood that is capable of warping and rotting.

Composite is generally thought to be the best option since extreme weather and varying climates can cause plastic decking to expand, loosening boards. This expansion can decrease the look and durability of your plastic deck.


Composite Offers the Longest Life Span

One of the greatest benefits of composite is its intense durability, which ensures your deck will stand the test of time.


Moisture will not damage your composite decking, so the risk of warping, rotting, and decaying is lower. In addition, insects are not attracted to composite materials. You will have peace of mind in knowing termites and other insects will not feed on or infest your composite deck.


Manufacturers believe in composite's durability, meaning most will warranty their products for a good amount of time. On average, manufacturers will offer a 25-year or a lifetime warranty with limitations. To determine what your warranty will cover, you will need consult the specific manufacturer of your composite decking.


Composite Is Available in Many Versatile Looks

The construction, durability, and life span of your deck matters, but the way your deck looks will also affect the appeal and value of your outdoor living space. Fortunately, composite decking materials are available in a variety of colors and finishes, including dark walnut brown, traditional oak, and white-washed grey.


You can also paint composite decks periodically to change up the look. Note that exposure to the sun can change the color over time. Darker composite colors may begin to fade if exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight.


Also, composite decks in darker, solid colors absorb more heat. The more heat that the composite absorbs, the hotter the deck will feel to you.


Composite Is an Investment

Constructing any type of deck requires an investment in both materials and labor. However, the initial cost of composite materials will be higher compared to wood decking, so you will need to decide if this higher expense is worthwhile. On average, a high-quality composite deck will cost double or triple as much as a wood deck.


Many homeowners and contractors believe the higher cost is a smart investment due to the composite's strong construction, durability, long life span and warranty, and overall appeal it can add to your home.


To learn more about composite decking or to get started creating the deck of your dreams, contact Superior Outdoor Designs today.