A professional deck builder explains the pros and cons of natural wood versus man-made composites for deck materials to help you estimate cost and benefits. You have two main categories of deck materials to choose from: natural wood or manmade products but there are lots of options within each of

is purely anecdotal. I don't want to get into trouble by Timbertech, because this story I'm about to tell happened on a ripped piece of decking that I broke in half to throw away, it did not happen in a real World situation on someone's deck. I am putting this out there because it does seem to speak to strength of the bond

A vast array of composite and plastic decking options promise wood-like appearance with minimal maintenance. Almost half of new decks now use But, for the most part, these products perform well and require only a periodic cleaning to look, at-a-glance, like real wood decking. But don't expect miracles. To some extent

With maintenance factored in, composite decking costs less over its lifetime than does wood! Modern composite With an enhanced real-wood look and strength backed by Alloy Armour Technology , AZEK's capped polymer decking materials are top of the line in quality and beauty. AZEK's teams of

Being an imitation to wood, it is no equal substitute for real timber. However a growing variety of colours, styles and textures are now offered and timber imitation products are becoming increasingly comparable. Commonly cited issues with composite decking products are scratching and splitting, colour

There is a tremendous variety of natural looking colors to choose from including many variegated tones that imitate realistic exotic hardwood grain patterns. New lines of colors are added so often many deck builders now refer to the ever expanding design choices as "deck fashion". The main benefit of low maintenance

Generally speaking, however, tropical hardwoods are the most expensive real-wood decking option, costing slightly more than redwood and cedar. No wood Composite decking, such as , , and Veranda, is a hybrid product that's composed primarily of wood fibers and recycled plastic.