Decking is a great way to accentuate a garden, extend an existing portion of the house, or help take advantage of a beautiful view of your surroundings. Wood can be much more warm and inviting than other building materials and when done right can show a level of craftsmanship that you can be proud of. Using another material such as a composite is also available should you like, both have their uses and advantages.
Wood decking is by far the favorite choice of our clients. With natural wood the cost alone can be a determining factor in going this route. Wood decking can last anywhere from ten to thirty years before needing maintenance based on the level of care given by the homeowner. Resurfacing, resealing and general upkeep can help your deck last several years; allowing for you to get the most out of your investment.
Composite decking has made more of an appearance in the residential construction sector in the past decade. Although prices have come down they are still much higher than the traditional wood decks mentioned above. Unlike it’s wood counterpart, composite affords many luxuries not associated with wood. Composite comes in many shades and colors. In the past composite was seen as a material that just didn’t compliment the feel of a house due to its inorganic feel and look. Now composite decking has a balance with resins and wood particles to give it more of a warm appearance.
This material will last upwards of 30 years with minimal to almost no maintenance needed. There will be no cracking or splintering that’s associated with wood decking and will retain its shape while weathering the elements. Some color fading will occur over time, just weigh your options and decide which material best suits your needs. Take the time to speak with one of our representatives to help decide which deck style will provide you with the best outdoor experience for you and your family.