When it comes to outdoor home improvement projects, a new deck springs to the top of every homeowner’s wish list each spring. Maybe that’s why they call it spring. But we digress. The point being, now is the perfect time to make your dream a reality and invest in a brand new deck. The problem: do you opt for wood or composite?
Wood Decking vs. Composite Decking
Both wood decks and composite decks have their advantages and disadvantages. The good news: you can’t go wrong either way. Both decking materials are excellent investments, it really all comes down to personal preference.
Cost and Return on Investment
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value report, composite decks carry an average return on investment (ROI) of 77% in Maryland, while wood decks come in around 83.3%. So why the 5.3% difference in ROI? Well, composite decking is initially more expensive, but will add roughly the same amount of value to your home.
While composite decks may initially cost more, they can save you a lot of time and money in terms of annual maintenance. You see, wood decks require annual staining and waterproofing. Composite decks do not. So while the installation price for composite is definitely going to be more than wood, the total cost of ownership (actual cost over time) is much more comparable.
Both wood decking and composite decking will add greatly to the curb appeal of your home. But which one is more aesthetically appealing? Well, that all depends on your personal preferences.
Albaugh & Sons: Wood and Composite Deck Builders in Frederick, Maryland
Albaugh & Sons is a Home Improvement contractor located in Frederick, Maryland, specializing in fencing and decking. Our deck division builds custom decks using both natural hardwoods and maintenance free composite materials, such as Trex, Timber Tech, and Azek. Whatever material you choose, the deck we create will be reliable, safe, and beautiful.
Contact us today for a FREE estimate. The estimate you receive for your deck is not only competitive; it is extremely accurate.
If you are looking for a Custom Deck Builder in Frederick, Maryland, you’ve come to the right place! Please contact Albaugh & Sons at 301-964-9379 or fill out the contact form found on our website. We are based in Frederick, Maryland and service all of Frederick County and parts of Washington and Carroll counties.