Although many factors determine an ideal deck design, the overall style of a deck is dictated by the actual decking material. Composite decks have become increasingly popular in recent years as the price range of decking boards continue to rise over time. There are a number of different composite products on the market, and at AllPoint we only use top-quality materials and name brands. Additionally, we are proud to be a Certified TrexPro Deck Installer, creating decks and patios that are beautiful, affordable, and of the highest quality.
Most composite decks are created from the by-products of wood such as wood chips, sawdust, and recycled plastic materials. This combination of organic and synthetic materials is best of both worlds, creating a durable product that is similar to wood decking. This unique blend typically makes composite decks expensive than other types of decking material. So, is a composite deck is worth the money and how to do you choose the best composite decking material?
How Much Does a Composite Deck Cost?
A high-quality composite deck is often more expensive than the traditional pressure-treated lumber and the average price ranges between $5.00 and $7.00 per 8-inch board. The average size of a deck is 400 square feet which means a 20’ by 20’ deck built with high-quality composite material could be priced around $5,600. This same deck built with pressure-treated pine lumber may go for around $3,000. However, the cost difference can be erased after 2-3 years of routine maintenance. At AllPoint, we’ve helped hundreds enhance their homes by extending square footage to entertain family and welcome new friends and we work closely with you to find the right decking materials and design to meet your budget.
Reasons Why to Install a Composite Deck
They Offer Transferable Value
Some homeowners don’t mind the maintenance and upkeep that is required for pressure-treated wood decks. However, when selling your home, the next owners may not feel the same way and could see it as just another chore rather than a passion or hobby. New buys can view pressure treated wood deck as a structure that requires a lot of maintenance to create a long-lasting appeal. This may be a deal-breaker on the sale depending on the condition, any repair requirements, and size of the old deck. A high-quality composite deck has a greater appeal for potential buyers as it requires low maintenance; it will retain more of its transferable value for a longer period when compared to other deck materials.
Composite decking is created to resist fading, scratches, staining, mold, or warping. These decks are safe and comfortable especially for families with kids and pets. Wet planter pots, dropped grill tools, pollen, and falling leaves, and spilled food is no match for composite decking materials. They offer an unparalleled combination of stain, fade and mold resistance because of their built-in protective shell and ability to withstand high-traffic.
Unlike other decking materials, composite decks offer the look and feel of natural wood without the environmental impact of cutting down trees for timber. While PVC decking is created using synthetic materials, Trex decking is comprised of 95% recycled content and involves the combination of wood scraps and polyethylene. The environmental impact is lessened by using reclaimed sawdust, offcuts, and household plastic waste. They are all combined and ground down under heat and pressure to form composite decking products.
Assurance of Lasting Beauty
Typically, composited decks are backed up with lengthy warranties because of their enduring aesthetic and ability to withstand heavy traffic. You get additional peace of mine with this assurance of lasting look, feel, structural integrity. Composite decks look great in any setting and can be designed to match the look and feel of exotic hardwood or traditional timber. They come in a large variety of styles and designs to help you determine what works best for your outdoor living and entertaining space.
How to Choose Composite Decking
Composite decking materials have improved over the years as a number of quality products continues to be created each year. It can be overwhelming to choose the best composite decking material given the variety of styles, colors, and brands available. At AllPoint, we work with you to select the composite lumber decking based on your budget, site and code requirements, fastener choice, and style and color preferences. Although the price of quality composite decking tends to run higher than pressure-treated wood, they last longer and offer a greater appeal to buyers when selling your home in the future.
Composite decking material is usually more expensive than wood. However, it is highly valued for its striking resemblance to natural wood and durability making it an excellent choice for decking. It is significantly easier to clean and maintain which makes it last long enough to transfer the same value to the next homeowner. Whether you love to grill for the family, take quiet naps in the sun or need to remodel the designated summer spot for ‘happy hour’ with friends, you can transform your backyard into an oasis with a custom deck or patio. Not only are they a great space to cook, relax and entertain, but they add beauty and value to your home. Interested in adding more space for entertaining and gathering with a composite deck? Contact us today!