What Are the Benefits of Composite Decking?
The real benefit of composite decking is that it significantly outlasts other options, which also makes it the most affordable in the long run. Decks provide extra livable outdoor space for grilling and gatherings, while also adding value to your home. Composite decking offers additional benefits that you should know about before installation. Here are a few more perks of composite decking to help you decide on what material to use for your home.
- Environmental Impact – Composite decking is made out of recycled plastic, like newspaper sleeves and shopping bags combined with industrial wood scraps. It has the look of real wood but doesn’t involve lumber, so there is much less of an environmental impact. Plus, you won’t have to stain or paint it, further minimizing your impact on the environment.
- Low Maintenance – Most decks require power washing, sanding, and staining on a yearly basis to keep them sealed from the elements and looking their best. Composite materials, however, only need soap and water when they look dirty, allowing you to spend less time and money on maintenance. Plus, composite decks can last 25 to 30 years—much longer than wood that often has a life span of just 10 to 15 years.
- Sustainability – Composite decking provides the look and feel of wood without the environmental impact. The deck boards are made using recycled content, including reclaimed industrial wood scraps and recycled plastic from common items such as shopping bags and newspaper sleeves.
- Safety – Wood decks eventually garner splinters that can be dangerous to human and pet feet. Composite decking, meanwhile, will never wear down in the same way as wood due to its unique material makeup, so you won’t have to worry about sanding down the decking to ensure it’s safe for relaxing. You can trust that it will be smooth and durable for many years.
Nearly 40 million decks in North America are projected to be more than 20 years old — and likely showing their age, according to the North American Deck and Railing Association. If one of those decks is yours, you may want to think twice before choosing the material for your next deck.
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