Composite Decking, The Long-Lasting Solution
Composite Decking has become a catch-all phrase for all kinds of manufactured decking, but in fact “composite” is just one kind of material available. No matter what material you choose, you can rest assured that a deck or a dock built with engineered decking will last decades.
Manufactured decking has come light years since the gray, one-dimensional boards of the ’80s. With realistic wood-grain texture, tough outer shells, and colors to match almost any home, today’s decking options offer homeowners a lasting investment that looks terrific and requires almost no maintenance. Artificial decking does cost more than pressure-treated lumber – anywhere from two, to three times as much. But here’s the rub: over ten years, most artificial decking will actually cost you less than real wood. Why? It comes down to maintenance and durability. Wood – even high-quality pressure-treated lumber – requires upkeep. Sun, UV rays, heat, salt, wear-and-tear, and moisture take their toll on wood. Regular cleaning and upkeep is a must, and those cost time and money. And wood just doesn’t last as long. Expect to start replacing some boards as quickly as five years. Our calculations show that over ten years, total cost of ownership is about the same between wood and manufactured decking, and after fifteen years, manufactured decking is less expensive.
Learn more about decking materials available, and their pros and cons on our Composite Decking page.
Still not sure where to start? Don’t sweat it. Decks & Docks has been selling manufactured decking material for more than 20 years, and we know these products in and out. Give us a call or stop by one of our 13 lumber yards or our Clearwater, Florida headquarters/showroom. We’ll talk you through options and find the perfect fit for your budget, taste, and project.