Wood vs. Composite

Let's compare.

Just the facts. Composite decking offers clear advantages over wood.

  1. Composite decking requires less maintenance than wood decking.
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    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.
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    While pressure-treated lumber may cost less initially, maintenance costs are significantly higher. On average, maintaining a wood deck will cost £300-£550 per year. Composite decking? Just £3-£10 annually. What's more, wood decks are susceptible to mould, 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.

  3. Composite decking materials are eco-friendly and toxin-free.
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    Fiberon composite decking is made from locally-sourced recycled plastic, lumber mill scraps and other materials. Using these materials means we prevent more than 50,000 tons of plastic and other waste from ending up in landfills or incinerators every year. Plus, our composites prevent further deforestation, are free of the toxic chemicals often found in pressure-treated lumber and are manufactured in a process that produces zero water waste.

  4. Composite decking is safer.
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    Wood-plastic composite decks are splinter-free and slip-resistant, making home safer for children and pets (not to mention your bare feet).

  5. Composite decking looks like natural wood.
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    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.