Wood vs. Composite Decking

Let's compare.

Composite decking offers clear advantages over wood.

  1. Composite decking requires less maintenance than wood decking.
    wood-vs-fiberon-less-maintenance

    Composite decking is a lot like prefinished flooring. It arrives as a finished product and never needs sanding, staining, or painting -- just an occasional soap and water cleaning. Wood needs to be finished after installation and then refinished every 1-2 years, meaning you'll be spending a significant amount of time and elbow grease maintaining that deck.

  2. Composite decking costs less over its lifetime than does wood and lasts longer, too.
    wood-vs-fiberon-long-lasting

    While pressure-treated lumber may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. On average, maintaining a wood deck will cost $450-$850 per year. Composite decking? Just $5-$15 annually. What's more, wood decks are susceptible to mold, decay and insects (not to mention Mother Nature) and have a shorter lifespan. Composites retain their good looks year after year. So that new deck look you love is the look you'll keep. Explore great deck designs in our photo gallery.

  3. Composite decking materials are eco-friendly and toxin-free.
    wood-vs-fiberon-eco-friendly

    Fiberon composite decking is made from locally-sourced recycled plastic, lumber mill scraps and other materials. Using these materials means we prevent more than 60,000 tons of plastic and other waste from ending up in landfills or incinerators every year. Plus, our composites prevent further deforestation, do not contain the toxic chemicals often found in pressure-treated lumber, and are manufactured in a process that produces zero water waste. Watch the manufacturing process.

  4. Composite decking is safer.
    wood-vs-fiberon-safe

    Wood-plastic composite decks will not splinter, split, crack, or rot, making your outdoor space safer for children, pets, and your bare feet.

  5. Composite decking looks like natural wood.
    wood-vs-fiberon-like-wood

    Composite decking has come a long way in the past five years. Today's composites reflect the beauty of natural and exotic hardwoods, complete with subtle streaking and varied wood grain patterns. Pick your favorite material.