Composite VS Wood Decking

With summer is on the way, many people will decide that they would like to transform their garden, and in a lot of cases this can include having some form of decking designed and installed. It is clear why this is such a popular choice – there is nothing better than being able to sit outside in your garden while the sun is shining. However, you will need to make a decision regarding the material you would like to use for your deck – and the two options you have are composite decking and wood decking. It’s useful to be able to compare the two materials side by side, and this blog will do just that for you.


Initial Costs

When you are considering adding anything to your home you will have a budget in mind and you will need to check whether the option you choose is going to fit in within that budget. On the whole, wood decking is cheaper to install into your garden than composite decking – so if your comparison is based on cost alone, that might be your final decision. However, it is important that you consider other factors too.


What is the decking made from?

Wood decking is self-explanatory – it is made from wood. Composite decking, however, is a man made material consisting of a combination of recycled wood and plastic fibres. If you are interested in doing your bit for the environment then you may wish to pick the latter, as things made from recycled products are far more environmentally friendly than things using wood which has been specifically cut for the project.


How often will I have to maintain the decking?

If you have been drawn towards wood decking because of the low initial pricing, you may change your mind when you realise how much it may cost to maintain wood. It will need resealing and repairing far more than composite, which means that not only will it cost more money, but it will also take a lot of time. If you don’t have the skills to do this kind of thing yourself, then you may have to hire somebody in, which could become even more costly.


Consider the safety aspects

The safety of your family is always paramount, particularly if you have young children, and for this reason you may be worried about them slipping on the decking if it gets wet. However, this wouldn’t be an issue with composite decking as it is slip resistant. This is would be ideal if the area you live in has a lot of rainy weather, and will help to put your mind at rest about safety when your children are playing outside.


How long will it last?

If you choose wood decking, it will last anywhere between 15 and 20 years – so long as you have maintained it properly along the way. If, however, you opt for composite decking, then you can expect it to last closer to 30 years. This will vary a little depending on the type of weather you experience, and the quality of the installation.

Your final decision will very much depend upon your own personal circumstances, how much money you have to spend, and how long you plan to remain in your home. You should always do your best to make the right decision for your needs. What’s right for other people might not be the correct decision for you, so you should always weigh up the pros and cons of each option, and think about each factor carefully before having any work done.