With today’s evolution of composite decking and its new colours and aesthetics available due to its growing popularity on the decking market, composite decking is slowly establishing itself as more than an alternative to wooden decking. First introduced to the market in the 80s, composite decking’s advantages are now more and more widely known: it’s easier to maintain, eco-friendly, has a longer lifespan and so on. And yet composite decking face common misconceptions which makes homeowners unsure of investing in one.
First of all, composite decking is perceived as looking fake or unnatural as it is man-made with an equal mix of wood fibres, recycled plastic, and bonding agents. However, composite decking grew more popular over the last decades on the market, and today, multiple suppliers can offer a wide variety of colours and aesthetics for homeowners to choose from. It now features decking boards with high-definition wood patterns, with bright and rich colours with warm browns, deep reds, exotic woods and pure grey to fit in every patio’s design. And even more of an advantage for homeowners, composite decking comes with different colours and patterns but while being eco-friendly and safe for pets or children. Another common misconception is that composite decking won’t offer as much different features as traditional wood decking, however, homeowners can choose from capped or uncapped boards depending on their needs of decking protection against the weather, staining or foot traffic.
While composite decking is known as needing lower maintenance than traditional wooden decking to keep to its original quality, it still needs bi-annual attention. But every outside furniture and decking materials need some maintenance against the weather’s impact. Traditional wood necessitates higher maintenance, such as sanding, scrubbing, and products to ensure that it won’t rot, stain or mold due to humidity or the sun’s UV. On the contrary, composite decking only requires the occasional sweep, and at the start of spring when starting to use the deck and before winter when closing it for the season (so about every 6-8 months) a soap-and-water cleaning.
Now with its low maintenance costs and high-quality colours, composite decking could be seen as too expensive for homeowners to consider for their patio. And even if composite decking starts by being a larger investment than timber decking, its initial costs easily balance out compared to wooden deck board’s needs for maintenance product and a shorter lifespan. Wooden decking will need more frequent attention and maintenance products, as well as slowly degrading its quality under the weather’s elements and get replaced, during a part of the lifespan of composite decking.
With nowadays trends toward sustainable, “green” garden, homeowners use more and more natural products to reduce their carbon footprints. While we could think that traditional wooden decking would be considered as a natural material for “green” garden, with the chemicals needed to maintain the deck during its short lifespan it actually is seen as less environmental-friendly than composite decking. Composite decking is primarily made with a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastics, and with its low maintenance needs, it’s a greater choice.