composite deckingHaving a deck can be fun during the warm summer months. If you have decided to build on a deck to your home, you’re going to have to choose between composite or wood materials. It’s important to pick the right one for the area that you live in.

Composite and Wood

Composite decking is made up of plastic and wood fibers. A lot of people like this material because it is eco-friendly. It is produced with recycled wooden waste, including saw dust, scrap wood and pulp. Then plastic is included, which usually comes in the form of recycled polyethylene from beverage bottles. Some manufacturers use recycled plastic, while others use virgin plastics. After the wood and plastic has been mixed together, color is added. Then the processing begins and the material is poured into solid or hollow shapes to form the lumber.

Wooden decks are very popular amongst homeowners. It is the most common material used to build decks. If you decide to go with a wood deck, you will need to use lumber that is pressure treated and decking planks to lockout moisture. This will help to prevent damage caused by insects, rot and decay.
The area you live in plays a big role in the materials you should use for your deck. The climate of your state will determine how you’ll need to maintain your deck. Likely, you want to spend more time enjoying your deck rather than maintaining it.

Which to Choose

When choosing a material for your deck, keep in mind that wood takes more maintenance than others. You will have to regularly clean it to maintain its beauty. Also, if you live in a city where the weather is harsh, you will have to re-finish the wood every couple of years. Wood is a beautiful material, but it takes a lot of work to keep them that way. After you have had the wooden deck for a while, splinters will form, which can snag your bare foot.

On the other hand, there is the composite material, which is known to be long-lasting and durable. They are relatively low maintenance. You won’t have to worry about resealing, repainting or staining it. However, it’s good to wash it a few times out the year using a water hose. They are known to withstand all types of weather conditions without deteriorating. Splinters aren’t a problem like with wood.
The initial cost for building a wooden deck is cheaper than a composite deck. More materials are needed into order to build a frame to support the heavy weight of composite materials. Also, the planks made of composite are expensive compared to wood. When searching for decking materials, it’s important in mind the cost and the cost and required maintenance. However, at the end of the day, the choice is completely up to you.

To have a deck built onto your home, you can contact the office of CA Green Remodeling for an appointment.

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