Should I Chose Composite or Wood Decking?

Posted by Jim Brown on February 21st, 2013

You may remember the old commercial for oil filters, “Pay me now or pay me later.”

That’s part of the reason some folks decide to go with composite decking.  The downside of composite is the very significant initial cost. 

The upside is that it never needs sealing.    Sealing or staining needs to be done frequently on wooden decks.  The cost of hiring a professional to clean and seal a deck is substantial.  If you opt to do it yourself you will lose one or more precious summer weekends and you are still investing significantly to obtain a good product to put on your deck.  

Having said all that, a wooden deck is still a very popular and a very good option.  Properly maintained, wooden decks last 20 or more years.  The company that does the pressure treating usually provides a 20 year, or longer warranty against the wood rotting or becoming insect infested.  When maintained properly, wooden decks will look beautiful for years. 

Should you choose a composite deck or wooden deck?  You make the call.

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