Wood vs. Composite Decking

Learn the differences, advantages and relative costs of decking materials to make the best decision for your home and lifestyle.

Composite Deck Materials

Composite decking isn’t new to the deck building world but it is becoming more popular.  There have been technology advancements in the last 20 years to help improve the performance of composite decking.  

Top 6 reasons we recommend composite decks:

  • Durability. Composite materials are engineered to last
  • Low maintenance requirements -- no need to re-stain and re-seal
  • Long manufacturer warranties
  • Great looks, finishes and color options
  • Visually appealing, increased curb appeal
  • Our decking system includes hidden fasteners
envision composite deck in gray wood

Wood Deck Materials

Wood is the traditional deck building material. Treated lumber has changed in recent years, which means the maintenance process of wood deck has changed as well.  Wood is still a popular option for building your deck, but before you use wood there’s a few things we’d like you to know. 

4 Things to Know About Wood Decks:

  • Requires sealing within 30 days of installation
  • Annual maintenance required to ensure that your wood deck will be protected
  • Life expectancy on a wood deck is much shorter than a composite deck
  • As the economical option this deck is easier on the budget initially
new treated lumber deck

Composite Decking Colors

Distinction Collection Colors

Rustic Walnut

Shaded Auburn

Gray Wood

Spiced Teak

Inspiration Collection Colors

Barnwood Plank

Tangled Twine

Weathered Wicker

Expression Collection Colors

Caribou Brown

Canyon Ridge

Harbor Gray

Woodland Bark

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