Con­sid­er­ing a com­pos­ite deck?

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When plan­ning a deck project, choos­ing the right ma­te­rial is key to the en­joy­ment and value you’ll get from your out­door liv­ing space.

To­day, there are more choices in deck­ing ma­te­ri­als than ever be­fore, in­clud­ing high-per­for­mance com­pos­ites, which are in­creas­ingly re­plac­ing wood in back­yards across the coun­try — and for good rea­son.

As you weigh your op­tions, here are an­swers to some of the most com­monly asked ques­tions about com­pos­ite deck­ing:

WHAT ARE THE KEY BEN­E­FITS OF COM­POS­ITE DECK­ING?

Un­like wood, high­per­for­mance com­pos­ite deck­ing re­sists fad­ing, scratch­ing and mold — and won’t rot, warp, crack or splin­ter. Wood deck­ing does not age grace­fully, even with reg­u­lar main­te­nance. Com­pos­ites re­quire min­i­mal up­keep. You never need to worry about painful splin­ters or the la­bo­ri­ous sand­ing, stain­ing or paint­ing — just an oc­ca­sional soap-and-wa­ter clean­ing will do the trick.

DOES COM­POS­ITE DECK­ING LOOK NAT­U­RAL?

The aes­thet­ics of com­pos­ite deck­ing have evolved con­sid­er­ably over the years. To­day’s of­fer­ings fea­ture high-def­i­ni­tion wood-grain pat­terns that are nearly in­dis­tin­guish­able from real wood tex­tures. Ad­di­tion­ally, com­pos­ite deck­ing comes in a wider va­ri­ety of color op­tions to com­ple­ment the ex­te­rior of any home. Rang­ing from rich browns and warm um­bers to spicy reds and pris­tine grays, com­pos­ites are more nat­u­ral than ever be­fore and boast a vi­brancy that re­mains un­changed without hav­ing to stain and restain year af­ter year.

HOW DO COM­POS­ITE COSTS COM­PARE WITH WOOD?

Ini­tially, com­pos­ite deck­ing costs more, board for board, than pres­sure- treated lum­ber. But rather than de­te­ri­o­rat­ing over time, com­pos­ite deck­ing de­liv­ers more long-term value due to its min­i­mal main­te­nance re­quire­ments. When you con­sider the cu­mu­la­tive costs of power wash­ing, sand­ing, stain­ing and paint­ing a wood deck every sea­son, com­pos­ite deck­ing proves a much bet­ter value over time. Ac­cord­ing to HomeAd­vi­sor.com, main­te­nance for a wood deck costs an av­er­age of $540 to $1,050 per year com­pared with just $15 to $20 for a com­pos­ite deck.

ARE COM­POS­ITE DECKS EN­VI­RON­MEN­TALLY FRIENDLY?

Wood might be a nat­u­ral ma­te­rial, but the chem­i­cal coatings used to pro­tect the wood from rot and mold are not. Com­pos­ite deck­ing, on the other hand, uses few chem­i­cals in its man­u­fac­tur­ing and the up­keep is sim­ple — just soap and wa­ter.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Trex deck­ing is made from 95 per­cent re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing plas­tic film re­cy­cled from a va­ri­ety of items, such as gro­cery bags and news­pa­per sleeves. The com­pany re­pur­poses more than 400 mil­lion pounds of plas­tic and wood par­ti­cles an­nu­ally that would oth­er­wise end up in land­fills.

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Trex deck­ing is made from 95 per­cent re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing plas­tic film re­cy­cled from a va­ri­ety of items, such as gro­cery bags and news­pa­per sleeves.

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