The Advantages of Composite Decking

For many years, wood was the best choice for building your decks.  Although wood decking is classic, and less expensive initially, composite decking has risen to meet the high standards of both residential and commercial properties.

Composite decking has rapidly grown because of the benefits and long term price savings. With so many benefits of the composites, it’s easy to see why it continues to experience fast growth. With several companies leading the way in composites, the materials are better than ever before.

With advancements in composite decking, it’s opened up the possibilities for the way many homeowners use their outdoor space while providing warranties up to 30 years. This is important for places such as Breckenridge where the high altitude environment is challenging for all building materials

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What is composite decking?

Composite decking is made from a combination of plastic and wood fibers. Wood fibers typically can consists of anything from wood chips to sawdust. The plastic component of composite decking can come from recycled plastic or new plastic materials.

Through the years, making compose decking has become more sophisticated with deck boards being produced to be hardier, with natural surface patterning to look like real wood and a wide variety of colors. 

Cost of composite decking

The cost of the materials are higher than most woods such as cedar or pine, however cheaper than exotic hardwoods such as Ipe. Although you will pay more upfront for materials, you’ll also get a warranty with your composite decking, often with a limited-lifetime warranty or a 25 to 30 year warranty. Expect to pay more, but expect to get way more!

Composite decking Maintenance

One of the biggest advantages of composite decking is the ease of maintenance. A composite deck requires little in the way of upkeep, just a simple scrubbing with a soft brush and soapy water is it. Say goodbye sanding, paint it, sealing, and staining.   

Composite decks improve outdoor living

Composite decks are made to be slip-resistant and will never splinter. This greatly helps protect bare feet and pets. Composite decks are also more resistant to heat, so you can add deck options such as fire pits. 

Improve your home value

Not only can composite decking improve your outdoor living, but it brings value to your home. Homeowners who use composite decking for their home generally see a worthy return on their investment. 

Your personal outdoor living design

When it comes to picking out the ideal deck design, composite decking will give you a variety of color choices and styles. Some composite decking boards closely mimic the look of wood all without the upkeep. Most manufactures of composites also create matching deck accessories, including railings, handrails, fascia boards, gates, balusters, treads, post caps, and deck lighting, that are all designed to complement each other and complete your outdoor living space. 

Composite decking and durability

The advances in detailed surfaces, deeper and color varieties, manufactures have invested into making those boards more resistant to the elements. More UV protection has been incorporated into each board resist fading. The sun and the elements cause wood decks to lose their original color over time, Composite decks may look like wood, but they don’t have the downside of wood’s weaknesses.

The overall design of each board has been bolstered to create a more moisture-resistant surface. Here in Summit County, these advantages are critical for building a longer lasting deck that is capable of standing up to the elements.

Environmentally friendly products

Composite decking is commonly made from wood fibers and recycled plastics. They are innovative products that would likely end up in your local landfill. For example, Trex deckings is made of 95% recycled material, that’s hard to beat!

So, if you like the look of composite decking, you’re in the right place. Rocky Mountain Decks is one of Summit County’s premier deck builders, and composite decks are one of our specialties.

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