Are you interested in installing a deck around your home, and are interested in using composite material to do it? This material is half wood and half plastic, which is mixed together and heated so it can be shaped into wood boards. Here are some things that you should know about using this unique material.
Composite Wood Decks Have A Plastic Protective Coating
If you were hesitant about composite wood because of what you've heard in the past about it, know that the material is manufactured differently these days to improve its quality. There were once problems with composite wood where pieces of natural wood were exposed on the outside of the board, which could cause mold growth. This has been fixed with modern manufacturing, which now coats composite deck boards with a protective layer that prevents mold growth. It's one way that will make composite deck boards much better than using natural wood.
Composite Wood Decks Are Relatively Maintenance Free
Be aware that the plastic coating also helps make your composite deck relatively maintenance-free over the years. There is no need to sand and stain the wood to keep it in good shape over the years. In fact, all you really have to do is wash the deck if you notice that it is dirty. Special care is simply not needed, so you can spend that time doing other things instead.
Composite Wood Decks Cost More Than Natural Wood
Be aware that all of the benefits of composite wood will come at a price. Expect to pay more for the raw materials involved to construct your composite wood deck when compared to natural wood. If you have the money in your budget, it could be worth it in the long run. When you factor in the minimal maintenance that composite wood needs, you could still see savings over time in other ways.
Composite Wood Decks Won't Look Exactly Like Real Wood
While there are many construction materials designed to closely replicate the look of real wood, know that composite wood is going to give your deck an artificial look. People are going to know that it is not real wood, which may or may not be a concern to you. If you like all of the advantages that composite wood can offer, then it may be perfectly fine for your deck.
Undecided about what type of wood material to use for your deck? Reach out to a deck contractor in your area to learn more about your material options.