August 06 2018

Benefits of Composite Decking

A deck can add significant value and comfort to your home. Composite decking is a popular alternative to traditional, all-wood decks, and boasts several substantial benefits. Among these, composite decking materials are: eco-friendly, weather- and pest-resistant, low-maintenance, and super-durable.

Published by Burt Lumber 2 minute read

    A deck can add significant value and comfort to your home. Oftentimes the site of family barbecues, outdoor gatherings, and casual relaxation, an expertly crafted deck can provide enjoyment for decades.

    Composite decking—an exterior building material consisting of wood fibers, plastic, and other recycled components—has become a popular alternative to traditional, all-wood decks, for a wide range of reasons. Available in a variety of colors, patterns, grains and textures, composite decking boasts several other significant benefits that make it the ideal choice for contractors, architects, and homeowners, alike.

    Among these, composite decking is:

    Eco-Friendly

    Comprised of recycled materials and free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals typically utilized in the creation and maintenance of wooden decks, composite decking provides a range of environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly options—meaning they're not as detrimental to the planet.

    Composite decking contains a mixture of waste wood fibers, such as sawdust, and recycled plastics, ranging from discarded laundry detergent bottles, sandwich and grocery bags, to milk jugs. This diverts hundreds of thousands of tons of wood and plastics from ending up in landfills. It also saves countless trees from being chopped down to meet the demand for exterior building materials to construct new decks.

    Weather, Pest & Mold-Resistant

    Traditional pressure-treated wooden decks are manufactured with toxic chemicals and pesticides to protect against insects, mold, and the elements, which, over time, can leach into the soil. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, residential wood structures built prior to 2004 that weren't made of redwood or cedar likely contain a chemical preservative comprised of arsenic. Exposure to such residues has historically been a health and safety concern.

    Composite decking is not treated with these, and thus, does not share the same risks. Since they're also infused with plastic instead of solely being made of wood, composite decks are also more resistant to the detrimental effects of the weather, pests, mold, and other sources of decay.

    Low-Maintenance

    Composite decking is easier to clean than standard wood decking, and routine maintenance requires simple soap and water. Say goodbye to power washers, sanders, and other equipment typically enlisted to get your deck looking new. There's also no need for periodic treatments of finish, paint, or other chemicals typically used to protect all-wood decks.

    Super-Durable

    Protected from the elements, pests, such as termites, and mold, composite decking boasts superior durability compared to those constructed completely of wood. Composite decking also doesn't splinter, scratch, fade or crack—extending its lifespan significantly longer than that of an all-wooden composition. 

    High-Value

    Constructing a new deck or upgrading an outdated one can add value to your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers when time to sell. Besides the initial, one-time investment at installation, composite decking will actually save homeowners money in the long run when compared to standard wood decking, since it lasts longer and doesn't require the same periodic maintenance or treatments. Such cost savings can go toward purchasing additional food for all those barbecues!


    Burt Lumber

    Burt Lumber carries a wide selection of composite decking and specialized lumber to optimize your outdoor space and bring your visions to life. Contact us today!

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