Have you been considering replacing or adding a deck to your home? Composite decking is one of the most popular decking solutions. Not only is it far superior to wood for it’s lifespan and functionality, it looks amazing! We love composite decking so much that we often recommend it to all our clients who are considering a new deck. Composite decking is more expensive from other options, but it does last longer and will increase the value of your home. Here are some things to know about composite decking.
What does it cost?
It’s hard to give an exact answer as there are so many styles and types of composite decking. Plus, we need to see your property to know how many square feet you need, and can provide you with a bid on the cost. Industry standard basic composite decking is about $30-$60/sq.ft, plus labor. The composite decking is on the higher end of deck solutions, which is why we need to measure and see your actual property to give you a fair price.
Does it stain?
Decking that is in a shaded area can fade, and that goes for all types of decks. We see staining and mold growth more often with wood decking compared to composite decking, but that doesn’t mean you are free of problems. Like anything else, you will need to maintain the deck to prevent mold and mildew from staining your deck. Contact us to talk about special cleaning chemicals that can be used to kill mold and make sure the deck is still looking great.
Will it fade?
A brand new deck always looks like it’s right out of the catalog. Over a few years, its a natural part of the aging process to see the deck start to show some fading. Composite decking needs to have some maintenance work done from time to time to keep it from fading too quickly from the sun. However, comparing the composite decking to wood and other materials, you can plan on this fade to look gradual over the years to the point it could take five years or more before you see a noticeable difference in color. To limit the amount of heat it absorbs from the sun, opt for the lighter colors. Plus, the lighter colors won’t fade as quickly, allowing the deck to still look great a decade later.
Will it scratch?
Does the composite decking scratch? Composite decking is made out of wood and plastic, which helps to reduce the risk of the deck scratching. The material isn’t indestructible, but it won’t scratch nearly as much as other decks. Like any other flooring solution, there is always a chance of it scratching, so we do recommend following our user-guide to keep your deck in the best shape possible.
We love the way composite decking looks, and with all the advancements in the engineering and installation of decking, we are finding a lot of people are turning in their old wood decks for modern ones. Composite decking is easy to maintain and it is one of the best ways to give your home a facelift! Contact Deck Kings to come out and provide you with a free estimate today!