Posted on: 23 March 2019
If you wish you had a deck for grilling and outdoor dining, but hate the thought of all the maintenance a wood deck needs, then you should consider building a deck of composite wood instead. Composite decking looks like wood, but it is made of wood and plastic, so it requires less maintenance. Here's a look at some benefits of choosing composite wood for your deck.
Composite Wood Doesn't Splinter Or Rot
The risk of splinters is eliminated with composite wood. If you have small kids, you may worry about them crawling or playing on a wood deck because old wood splinters so easily. Decking that's made from a blend of plastic and wood is molded into the shape of boards, and the plastic component keeps the boards from deteriorating due to rot or decay. That means no splinters or jagged wood that could hurt your children.
The Decking Can Resemble Exotic Wood
If you choose a traditional wood deck, you're usually limited in the type of wood that's available locally, so your deck looks like every other deck in the neighborhood. When composite boards are made, color and grain patterns are put in at the time of manufacturing, so the boards take on the look of any type of wood. You can choose from a variety of gray, brown, and red shades for your deck so your deck can have the appearance of exotic wood species if you want, or you can choose a traditional color that looks like common wood that's developed a patina.
Staining Is Not Needed With Composite Wood
Another nice benefit of installing a deck made from boards that are part plastic is that the color remains the same over the life of the deck. Traditional wood turns a silver color as it gets old. You may like this look, or you may hate it. If you don't want the silver color, you have to apply new stain every few years so that the wood stays protected from the sun and rain. You can eliminate this time-consuming chore when you have a composite deck since it never needs to be stained or painted. The only type of maintenance you need to do is clean off the deck with a hose and soapy water to keep it clean.
This type of plastic decking could be ideal for you if you don't like to spend much time on home maintenance chores. Plus, composite wood is made from recycled materials, so it keeps waste wood, sawdust, and plastics out of the landfill and put to good use. For more information, contact a company like Vassar Building Center.Share