Composite Decking vs Wood Decking
What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is a material made of a combination of sawdust and some form of plastic. Typical plastics used are polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene or polypropylene.
What is Wood Decking?
Wood decking is just that-wood. Popular types of wood used are cedar, redwood and pressure-treated pine.
So how do they compare?
Composite decking cost $4-13 per square foot and $9-12 for installation.
Wood decking cost $20-25 per square foot and $9-12 for installation.
The appearance of composite decking is consistent meaning you’ll get what the sample looks like.
The appearance of wood decking can vary in color and grain.
Composite boards have high strength and durability, making them much less likely to scratch or crack.
Wood boards have variable strength and durability, depending on the type of wood used. Softwoods just as cedar or redwood may be more prone to scratching or cracking.
Composite decking requires little maintenance.
Wood decking requires maintenance such as resealing, refinishing or staining. These maintenance items average in cost from $800-$2,600.
Composite have an average lifespan of 15-25 years.
Wood have an average lifespan of 10-30 years.