Homeowners who know the benefits of composite decking prefer using it in building their decks. Wood decking can get damaged over time, unlike composite decking. There are reasons composite decking lasts longer than wood decking.

Reasons Composite Decking Last Longer Than Wood Decking

Composite Decking is Resistant to Rot

Composite decking ability to resist rot is one reason it lasts longer than wood decking. Wood-plastic composites are resistant to rot. You can use composite decking for as long as possible without it decaying. Unlike wood decking that can rot over time, composite decking will never rot. Additionally, composite decking material consists of wood and plastic. The plastic material in the composite decking is what gives it its strength to resist rot.

Composite Decking Does not splinter like Wood

Another reason composite decking lasts longer than wood decking is because it does not splinter. You can work on composite decking with your barefoot without it splintering over time. Pressure-treated wood decking can crack or splinter due to wear and tear over the years. But composite decking will remain the same as the year goes by. It will not crack or splinter due to wear and tear. No wonder it’s the most sought after deck building material.

Composite Decking is Resistant to the Elements

Additionally, composite decking is resistant to the elements. It’s another reason why composite decking lasts longer than wood decking. Temperature changes can have an impact on decking material. But the gaps in between the composite decking allows it to expand and contract without cracking. Also, composite decking can withstand diverse climate conditions. It will not get damaged due to climate change.

Termites can not eat Composite Decking

Termites and other wood-eating insects can not eat composite decking. Its ability to repel insects is another reason why it’s last longer than wood decking. Wood-eating insects like termites can penetrate timber decking and damage it. The damage caused by termites to a wood decking can cost you a huge sum of money to replace the deck. But unlike wood decking, composite decking can last for several years without termites eating it.

Composite Decking Repels Water Than Wood

Furthermore, wood-plastic decking can repel water when compared to wood decking. Composite decking can not absorb water when exposed to a wet environment. The makers well seal the composite boards so that water can’t penetrate them. Composite decking can thrive in a wet environment for years without it swelling. It will not rot or decay due to water damage.  Wood decking, on the other hand, can absorb water if you install it in a wet environment. The wood decking can get spoilt over time because of its inability to repel water. Additionally, the ability of composite decking to repels water is a reason why it lasts longer than wood decking.

Composite Decking is Durable than Wood

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Another reason composite decking last longer than wood decking is because it is durable. Its durability gives it the strength to resist the elements. Wood decking, on the other hand, is not as durable as composite decking.

Composite Decking Does Not Fade

Composite decking colour can not fade over time, unlike wood decking. Wood decking can fade after years of use. You have to keep sanding or staining the wood decking to make it look beautiful. But, composite decking, on the other hand, does not require painting. You don’t have to sand, paint or stain a composite decking to make it look good. Some composite decking boards are coated with ultraviolet ray protection to prevent fading. When exposed to the open weather, the sun will not fade the composite decking colour. It is another reason composite deckings last longer than wood deckings.

Composite Decking is Easy to Maintain than Wood

Lastly, composite decking is easier to maintain than wood decking. Its low maintenance cost also makes it last longer than wood decking. Some people tend to abandon their wooden decks when it get damaged because of the cost to replace them. But with composite decking, your deck will last longer. You can use composite decking for a long time without spending a dime in replacing its parts. Composite decking only requires cleaning with broom, mop and soapy water.

Conclusion 

The reason composite decking lasts longer than wood decking is numerous. Composite decking is durable, does not splinter and is resistant to the elements.