Just like most things in life, when it comes to decking, you certainly get what you pay for. With a range of decking types available on the market, there is a lot of room to go wrong and end up with a shabby deck that not only looks sub-standard when installed but doesn’t last long at all.
However, if you do your research and allow a little more room within your budget, you will most certainly not be left disappointed, especially when it comes to composite decking!
Now, if you’ve already done some research around the different types of decking available, you may have found that composite deck boards are a little pricier than other deck types such as hardwood, softwood and plastic. This might come as an initial shock to some but when you look into why that is, you will soon realise that composite decking is well worth the price it demands.
If you aren’t aware of the advantages that composite boards offer over traditional decking types, read on to find out!
Why Choose Composite Decking?
Probably the most attractive reason for any homeowner to choose composite decking over other deck types is simply down to the fact that it offers incredibly low upkeep demands. Unlike standard wood decking, composite never requires staining, sealing or painting, meaning over the lifetime of the deck, which can be up to 30-years, you’ll never have to worry or even think about giving it a fresh lick of paint to stay looking good or sealing it every few years to protect it from the elements.
Thanks to the state-of-the-art manufacture and innovative materials used in production, composite deck boards can look as good as the first day they’re installed for years to come. The only upkeep that is required is the occasional jet wash, which takes little to no effort at all!
Resistant to the elements
One of the great things about composite decking is the variety of colours and styles available to choose from. No matter what outdoor design you go for, there is most certainly going to be a board to match and even better, thanks to highly-reflective pigments used in the board’s manufacture that gives them their colour, the boards themselves are highly resistant to heat, resulting in less fading over the years.
Traditional wood decking, however, is prone to fading as a result of exposure to heat and will require painting to maintain its look. Something you’ll never have to worry about with composite.
One very noteworthy advantage that composite decking offers over wood or plastic decking is an enhanced element of safety, something which can be vitally important to homes that have young children or pets.
Thanks to the ingenious manufacture of composite boards, the finished product boasts a splinter-free surface, something traditional wood, unfortunately, cannot, as well as high slip-resistance properties. This makes composite decking the ideal flooring option to be used around pools, hot tubs or areas where there is a lot of footfall or activities.
As mentioned above, in some cases, composite decking can last up to 30 years, meaning once installed you’ll never have to worry about replacing it for three whole decades! This again is all thanks to the board’s innovative manufacture where a combination of natural hardwood and polymer resin is used, giving the board the natural wood look that everyone loves as well as the low-maintenance properties of plastic decking.
Adds value to your home
The final and most attractive reason why we believe composite decking is well worth the price is that once installed, it can add more value to your home. As a result of its low-maintenance, resistance to the elements, improved safety and long-lasting capabilities, composite decking can be viewed as an investment in the long-term rather than an expenditure, as you can use the deck as a real selling point to any future buyers if you ever plan on selling your home.
Adding a composite deck to your outdoor living space can significantly increase the overall value of your home, another thing that traditional forms of decking may fall short of.
And there you have it! The reasons why we believe composite decking is worth the price and why you should start to consider installing a composite deck in your garden.