When it comes to having your perfect backyard oasis, probably you’ve at least thought about if and where a deck fits into your plans. After all: decks are great. They’re a place to lounge in the warm sun, to watch the kids sip sickly-sweet lemon-aid, or feel the cool mist off the sprinkler. Bees buzz through the flower beds, and the deck become a central part of your yard and outdoors. But decks can also be a lot of work. On a treated wood deck there is often constant maintenance demanding your attention rather than allowing you to relax. They can splinter, fade, chip, crack, and, with the possibility of sharp edges and the inevitability of repainting, decks truly can be a huge pain in the bum. But what if there was a way to have the backyard deck paradise with none of the never-ending work? Lucky for everyone, there is.
Composite decking is a fantastic solution to almost all of the problems found in cedar or pressure treated wood. Composite decking is a very cleverly designed material. It’s constructed from wood by-products like sawdust or wood chips, and recycled plastics. The balance between the extra manufacturing and the recycled ingredients means that composite decking has a very similar over-all energy and resource footprint as using treated lumber. However, unlike lumber or cedar, composite decking combines synthetic components and strength with natural, wood beauty.
These plastic materials create an extremely hardy product. Composite decking doesn’t require any of the annual painting that pressure-treated wood demands, nor will it need any real maintenance except maybe a quick wash each spring to help the snow and dirt on its way. This decking material is very stable and durable, and it should look the same way in 25 years as it does a month after installation. Composite decking also has components for rails. This is great news for parents and grandparents, since neither the rails nor the deck’s floor will splinter keeping your kids (or grandkids) safe from slivers and injury.
There are a couple downsides though. The first is that, while you never have to repaint, changing the colour of your deck can be rather tricky. The second is the cost – sort of. While it’s true the composite decking is more expensive than pressure-treated or even cedar materials, the investment often adds extra value to your home.
If you’re interested in building or renovating your deck, contact the experts at TimberTown to get the perfect materials for your needs. Our website at TimberTown.ca also has lots of information on all the different wood products to choose from for any project.