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Comparing Wood and Composite Decks

Comparing Wood and Composite Decks

We’ll be comparing wood and composite decks to see which of the two would be better suited for your home.

There’s no outdoor feature quite like a new deck. Decks give people the perfect place for family gatherings, entertaining guests, or getting away from the stresses of our daily lives. Not only that, but the monetary value a new deck can net you home over time makes installing one well worth the investment. Decks are made from many different materials, each with its pros and cons. Two of the most popular materials people use to build decks are wood and composite varieties. We’ll be comparing wood and composite decks to see which of the two would be better suited for your home.

Wood Decks

Wood decks are popular among homeowners and are often made from pressure-treated wood. This makes the wood more capable of resisting moisture and other aspects of the weather. Pine and cedar are among the types of wood that are commonly used to construct these decks. Many manufacturers will treat their wooden decks with copper compounds. These keep your decks better-protected against rotting and mold. Wood decks are also the most budget-friendly option available.

Unfortunately, wood decks have their shortcomings. They aren’t the best decking solution if you want a deck that lasts a long time. Even pressure-treated wood decks still have maintenance requirements to keep them in good shape. You’ll have to stain them annually if you want your deck to remain water-resistant.

Composite Decks

While a little more expensive than wood varieties, composite decks have the perks to back up their costs. They are mainly made of two types of substances: wood and resin. Manufacturers use wooden pieces so that the panels have the look of a wooden deck while also giving each panel additional structural support. The resin keeps the wood pieces held together and makes them more resistant to damage from the elements. While the cost of composite decks is higher initially, you get more bang for your buck. These decks last significantly longer, and they are also a better option for people who don’t want to handle much maintenance throughout the years.

However, much like wooden decks, composite decks have their downsides. The biggest downside is how much heat they can hold in. There are composite decks that are less pleasant to walk on during the summer because of their heat retention. You should ask your deck contractor how much heat your deck will absorb if that is a concern of yours.

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Since 2003, Albaugh & Sons, LLC, has been dedicated to meeting the fencing, decking, and home remodeling needs of homeowners throughout the greater Frederick area. All of our team members are experienced, well-trained, and committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer.

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