Composite decking has slowly been building traction since its first release in 1990 but in the past few years it has become more and more popular, but why?
One thing that draws people into buying composite decking is the fact that once installed it requires little to no maintenance. People wanting to purchase traditional wood decking are starting to realise the benefits of composite decking.
When it comes to traditional wood decking, people are often surprised by the amount of time and money you have to put into maintaining your deck, whether it’s by power-washing, re-staining, painting, not to mention the amount of money you have to put into treatments such as cleaners, restorers, preservers and oils. It is said the estimated time per year the average person spends on maintaining their decking is 16-32 hours versus a measly 2-4 hours per year for composite decking.
This is a big thing for homeowners as most people don’t want to be outside all the time tending to their decking, composite decking allows for it to be looking great in your garden all year long, with little to no effort. This usually ends up with composite decking becoming cheaper, in the long run, to install and maintain than traditional decking.
Composite decking never really used to have a say against traditional wood boards when it came to how it looked when it was first released. Traditional wood decking always had the edge over composite decking but with recent developments with composite decking, things have drastically changed.
One of the main reasons why composite decking rose in popularity over the past few years is because it has transformed and improved in quality and style. We are now in a stage where with most composite decking, you can’t tell the difference to real traditional wood planks. This has given people more incentive to buy composite decking with the host of benefits that come with it comparing it to things like traditional decking.
It is said that with traditional wood decking your purchase will only last you up to 10 years before it needs to be replaced however with composite decking you can expect at least 20 years, with composite decking constantly being improved this number is more than likely to go up. This gives people a HUGE incentive to buy as it means you don’t have to spend extensive amounts of money (along with having a low maintenance cost) after their first purchase.
Composite decking really made a name for itself with it being made from sourced and recycled materials, making it sustainable and environmentally friendly. What comes with this is its strength and sturdiness and its general hardwearing properties. Many people have used composite decking alongside hot tubs which shows its strength and sturdiness in a nutshelling, it just shows the weight and pressure it can take, for more information on composite decking alongside hot tubs visit our blog page dedicated to the topic!
With its ridiculous strength and durability this makes composite decking pretty reluctant to repairs, this goes for rotting, warping, splitting and it is even less likely to fade, stain or grow mould over traditional decking!