How do you maintain a wood deck vs. composite deck?
So, you are thinking about adding a beautiful, new deck to your home. Or maybe you are replacing an old, wood deck. You may be considering wood or composite deck building materials. As you begin your research process, you will discover that the maintenance requirements of these products vary drastically.
Many new homeowners are unaware of the laborious hours involved in maintaining wood decks, and find out after a few years as a homeowner.
In the decking industry, one of the most common questions that homeowners ask about decking materials is: How do I take care of it?
It is vital to understand the maintenance obligations of a new deck, whether it is wood or composite decking. Are you prepared to pressure wash, re-stain, re-paint, re-seal, and sand your deck every year or two? Are you planning on hiring someone to take care of your deck or would you like the lowest maintenance option?
Traditional wood decking requires more than a few hours of maintenance every year. Wood decks trap moisture and will twist, splinter, and warp if not properly maintained.
Depending on where you live and the size of your deck, you may spend laborious hours maintaining your deck every year.
Composite decking does not require the same maintenance efforts. Composite decking does not need to be sanded, painted, sealed, or weather-proofed. The fact that composite decking requires little maintenance is a key reason why consumers make the choice of wood-alternative decking.
For most types of composite decking, a little soap and water is all that is needed to keep it looking its best.
Learn how easy it is to maintain a composite deck today.