Adding a Deck? Composite Wood Might be Right for You

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This is about the time of year when we all begin to miss being outside. Well, adding a deck to your home will add value to your property, but it will also give you more living space. No matter where you live, you can get a lot of use out of additional outdoor space. You can use it for hosting birthday parties and get togethers outside, but more than that, you’ll also be able to just kick back and enjoy nature. It would be a good place to take advantage of the dwindling days that are warm enough to be outdoors without freezing. While wood decking materials are often quite expensive, composite materials are more affordable and come with some benefits that you won’t get from traditional hardwood, anyway is best to check some advice on Woodworking for beginners if you are one of them.

It’s Sustainable

Most composite decking is made from a combination of recycled industrial and post-consumer plastic, sawdust and discarded rice husks. Finding sustainable wood decking options, on the other hand, can be a challenge.

A Variety of Colors are Available

Wood decking materials usually come in a few specific color options, generally in the more neutral range. If you want something brighter or a little more unique, you’ll need to sand and paint or stain that wood yourself. You’ll also need to use some type of sealant. With composite materials, you have far more options. These materials come in nearly every color imaginable, from darker shades of espresso and black to lighter shades of pine and ivory. You can pick the perfect color to make your next deck match with the existing design of your home.

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It’s Low Maintenance

Until you add a wood deck to your home, you might not realize the amount of work that it takes. Wood sealant usually only lasts for a few years, which means that you’ll need to reseal the deck on a regular basis. Moisture that reaches the wood can give your deck a slightly green or yellow finish and make the deck feel slimy to the touch. Composite decking requires very little maintenance. Generally, all you’ll need to do is wash the deck on a regular basis and apply new sealant when needed. Many people love that composite materials require less maintenance than other decking materials.

It Looks Just Like Wood

If you love the look of hardwood but hate the cost, composite is the material that you need, because they look and feel just like wood. Even those who touch, sit or stand on your deck might not realize that you didn’t go with traditional wood. Plus, you can add all the same extra accessories to make your new deck look like it did in your mind, including steps, posts and railings. Check with decking companies today to find the materials that you want and start building your dream deck.

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  • Avatar Nikolas December 17, 2014, 6:18 am

    Nice post. well explained.
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  • Avatar Veronika Dalton September 23, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Composite wood is fantastic, and lasts so much longer! I love how low-maintenance our deck is. And I think it looks better, too.

  • Avatar Eamon Hurley March 31, 2016, 8:09 am

    Hey, great share…..
    I agree that unlike many traditional wood decks, wood-plastic composite decks are splinter-free and slip-resistant, making your home a little safer for bare feet, small children and pets.
    I am also planing to add a deck to my new house and I am sure that it is going to look amazing.

    Thanks for sharing this post.
    Cheers!!

  • Avatar Vickey Barron April 13, 2016, 7:33 am

    The best part of composite wood is that it is far less expensive than wood but serves the all purposes which wood decking can do without lacking the stiffness and durability.

  • Avatar Kenneth Gladman April 15, 2016, 7:45 pm

    That does look really nice! I like the idea of a low maintenance deck. I know my brother has a wood deck and it is quite a bit to keep looking nice. We are building a deck this summer, I will have to keep this in mind.

  • Avatar Christina January 23, 2017, 12:44 pm

    Sharing that this composite wood often consists of recycled industrial and post consumer plastic was informative. It’s nice that it comes in a variety of colors as well.

  • Avatar Megan Alder April 6, 2017, 11:58 am

    It’s pretty nice to know that I can make my wood deck about any color I’d like. I didn’t know that they actually had so many different colors to choose from. My husband has been wanting to build a wooden deck for the past few months. I’ll have to talk to him tonight and see if he’s still interested in making one.

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