How durable is wood decking versus composite decking?

When you are in the market for a new deck, you may be wondering about the durability of wood decking versus composite decking.

If you have owned a wood deck, then you are no stranger to the amount of work required to keep it weather and insect resistant.

Wood decks are prone to damage from rot, weather, insect infestations, and regular use.

Wood deck owners spend hours maintaining their deck, not to mention the money needed for this upkeep.

Owners use protecting agents on wood decks, and while they are effective for short periods of time, there is no lifetime protection.

Pressure-treated wood decks contain chemicals to make them more resistant to insects and rotting. But pressure treated wood often holds moisture, shrinks, and twists.  Sadly, pressure treated wood loses its new looks pretty fast.

Maintenance demands of wood decking are not required with composite decking. Composite decking is made from recycled materials (plastic and wood), and most are now encapsulated with an outer layer.

This creates a hard, exterior shell that protects from stain, mildew, scratching, insects, UV fading, and more.  Here at Fiberon, we use PermaTech Innovation to ensure fade, weather, and stain resistance.

Traditional wood decks have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Because composite decking is also insect and rot resistant, making it last for 25 to 30 years and longer.

Fiberon composite decking offers warranties on their low maintenance, long-lasting composite decking as well. Check out our care and maintenance info as you continue your decking material research.