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Composite Decking vs Wood – How to Decide

Composite decking vs wood is one of the most common debates for customers. So which is best for you?

To make things easier, this post will run through the different factors to consider when making your decision.

Is there a cost difference?

Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s be clear about the cost difference of composite decking vs wood. By and large, composite decking is more expensive than its timber counterpart. That’s because it requires a lengthier production process, where plastic and wood fibres are mixed together. If you’re working to a strict budget, wooden decking could be the best choice.

Composite decking vs wood for maintenance

Maintenance is a key factor for customers that want an easy life. If that sounds familiar, composite decking could be more suitable. The use of man-made plastic fibres gives composite decking better weather resistance.

It will need cleaning to keep it looking at its best – but that’s all. On the other hand, wooden decking will need to be retreated with oil or stain to protect it from the elements.

Which is longer lasting?

If you’re looking for decking that’s long lasting, composite sometimes comes out on top. That’s because softwood decking like pine will typically last 10-15 years, while composite decking usually has a lifespan upwards of two decades.

That said, hardwood decking can stand its ground against composite in terms of longevity – as long as it gets the right maintenance. As such, both wood and composite decking can have a similarly long lifespan.

Appearance of composite decking vs wood

Onto an area that’s a bit more subjective when comparing composite decking vs wood. The majority of people will agree that wood is nicer on the eye because of its natural appearance.

However, good-quality composite decking can replicate that appearance pretty well. It’s also worth noting that composite comes in a wider range of colours without the need to paint your decking.

Anti-slip properties

Let’s not forget the function of your decking. As a surface you’ll be walking on regularly, anti-slip properties are important. Good-quality composite decking will offer this for your veranda.

As for wood, you’ll need to ensure the surface is properly cleaned to stop it becoming slippery. That’s because moss and algae can grow on the natural surface, leading to a loss of traction.

Composite decking vs wood – the choice is yours

Lakes Decking supplies and installs both composite and timber decking throughout the north of England as well as Scotland. If you’re struggling to choose between composite decking vs wood, our team can offer impartial advice on the best option for your holiday park, caravan or lodge.

Whether you choose wood or composite, we’ll provide a 10-year guarantee on workmanship. There’s no need for up-front payment either – you won’t pay until you’re happy with your decking!

To discuss your project in more depth, give us a call on 01768 489 122 or email [email protected].

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