Are you planning to build a deck? The first step is to find the materials that you will use. For this, you have a few options. Two of the best and most used materials are wood and composite decking. The first thing you might notice when looking for these supplies is the price. Of course, you want to save as much money as possible.
But as far as materials go, is composite decking more expensive than wood? Is it worth buying? And what are its advantages over wood? Read on to learn more.
Is Composite Decking More Expensive?
Composite is more expensive than most wooden decking. If we look at the price of the materials, composite decking boards are up to twice as expensive than the traditional wooden ones. There are two types of wood; softwoods and hardwoods. Softwoods are the cheapest among the available decking materials, only costing around £6 per meter.
The other type is hardwoods. They are typically more expensive than softwoods. On average, they cost around £10 per meter. On the other hand, composite decking boards can cost around £12 per meter. The only materials more expensive composites are some top-quality hardwoods and PVC. An example of top-quality hardwood is Ipe, which you can buy for £15 on average.
In total, the total installation of the cheapest softwood decks can cost around £1000 per 15 square meters. For the common hardwoods, expect to spend more than £1500 for the same area size. As for composites, you’ll need a £2000 budget for the same area size. So in general, composite decking is more expensive than wood by £500 to £1000. The only exception is Ipe and similar top-quality hardwoods, which cost around £2500 per 15 square meter installation.
Knowing that composites are more expensive than wood, is it wise to build composite decking instead of a wooden one? What are the reasons why, despite the price, composite decking is worth it? And finally, which one should you choose? Wood or composite decking?
Reasons Why You Should Still Consider Composite Decking
Despite being much more expensive than wood, there are excellent reasons why composites should still be one of your options. Here are some of them.
If You Want a Long-lasting Deck
When it comes to how long a deck would last, composites are superior compared to most woods. Softwoods can only last for about 15 years, less if not maintained properly. Hardwoods can do better, which can last for an average of 25 years. So how does composite decking compare? Composite decks can last for more than 25 years, many even lasting for half a decade.
So which one should you choose? If you’re looking for a long-lasting deck, go with composites. But if you only want a temporary deck, or you’ll be moving out soon, a cheap softwood deck will do the job.
If You Don’t Have Time for Maintenance
Not everyone has the time, effort and money to maintain their decks. You may also be in that situation. Common wooden decks are quite high-maintenance. They will need regular cleaning. You may also need to get deck cleaning products. Aside from that, you will also need to seal and paint them every year. Not doing so will leave the deck susceptible to many issues.
On the other hand, composite decking is very easy to maintain. You will still need to clean it, but not as extensive as a regular wooden deck. You also don’t need to buy products. Furthermore, you will only need a brush, some water, and soapy water solution to clean it. And the best part is that you don’t need to seal it every few years.
So which one should you choose? If you don’t mind cleaning the deck and sealing and staining it every one to three years, wooden decking is a solid choice. But if you want something low-maintenance, go with composite decking. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t need yearly maintenance.
There are many other reasons why composite decking is worth it even if it’s more expensive than wood. They are resistant to warping, cracking, and splintering. Composite decks are also strong against moisture, mould growth and UV exposure. So when deciding what material to use, do not write off composites only because they are more expensive than wood.