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The Difference Between Composite and Wood Decking

The Difference Between Composite and Wood Decking

Decks can be a popular addition that allows you to better enjoy your outdoor space and increase the value of your home, but when it comes the time to choose between composte and wood decks, there are several factors that you need to consider, including cost, durability and aesthetics.

Different types of roofing materials

The two main types of decking you can buy are composite, which costs between $15 and $38 per square foot, and wood, which averages between $10 and $25 per square foot. There are also hybrid decks that have both elements and are popular in the USA. Within these categories, there is a range of material types that affect cost and application. Some things to consider when choosing the best surface material for your deck are weather, durability, cost, and whether you want to be able to paint it.

Here’s what you need to know about the different types of covers to help you decipher the labels and choose the one that best suits your needs.

Composite platform

Composite plastic covers come in three types: PVC, polypropylene plastic, and polyethylene plastic. These three types can range in price from around $2 per linear foot (or board foot) to $5 per linear foot—and can cost more or less, depending on your deck design.

Wooden platform

Wood decks come in pressure-treated varieties that cost between $15 and $38 per square foot; cedar, which costs more than $30 per square foot; and many other types of hardwood. Some hardwoods can cost between $2.60 and $5 per linear foot, but keep in mind that not all deck boards are the same width, so the price per square foot may be more expensive than you’d expect—be sure to get the price per square foot for accurate price comparison.

The advantages of wood decks are aesthetics and price, as they can be less expensive than composite decks and can be repainted or restored many times. It also tends to be less slippery when wet and can be easily modified to be slip-resistant. The disadvantages of wood decks are that while they can be termite and pest resistant, without the wood it is completely termite proof. Also, in climates where temperatures fluctuate a lot and can freeze, wood decking can swell and crack if there are gaps in the finish, leaving it vulnerable to the elements.

Composite vs. Wood Decking

For the sake of comparison, composite decks generally have a higher initial investment, but will last longer than most wood decks, so in the long run it may be a better and more affordable option. It also has the benefit of increasing the resale value of your home if you plan to sell it. Wood decks are cheaper upfront and can be modified more easily. In addition to costing less in materials, wood pallets also cost less in labor due to the extra work of capturing and disposing of sawdust from plastic pallets.

Other factors that will affect the cost of a new deck are things like shape and configuration. For example, it is much cheaper to build a platform on a flat surface than on a slope. If you like the look of wood, choosing a sturdy hardwood is a good option because some hardwoods, like ironwood, are virtually impervious to termites and are also scratch resistant. These options tend to be the most expensive, but they also tend to last the longest and require the least maintenance.

Some composite decks can be painted and some cannot, so this is important to keep in mind. Some types of plastic decking will fade in sunlight, while others will retain their color, so opt for a paintable or fade-resistant type.


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