Is Composite Decking the Best Decking Material?

March 12th, 2010

Big advertising dollars have been spent to persuade home improvement consumers to believe that composite decking material has no maintenance and has the longest life expectancy.

If you do some searching on Google for “Composite Decking Complaints” or “Composite Decking Problems” you will find all kinds of comments and pictures from unhappy composite deck owners that spent thousands of dollars on what they believed would be a beautiful maintenance free deck.

The truth is that most composite decking material has not been thoroughly tested but it has been thoroughly marketed. That’s why most home owners think composite decking is a great choice.  Many people are also lured in by the long warranties these companies offer but if you do some research on that as well you will see that many companies after realizing their product does not hold up like they promised end up shutting down their company and then open a new company under a different name that way they don’t have to deal with the warranty issues when their product fails.

If you are looking for a low maintenance deck that will last up to 40 years, then you should consider a hardwood deck that is made out of Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru or Garapa.  Ipe is one of the hardest woods in the world and is not sold in your local home repair store.

Because Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and Garapa are some of the hardest decking materials on earth they are naturally resistant to mold, fungi, insect attack and decay unlike other porous material like pressure treated pine or composite decking.

This entry was posted on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 1:33 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. There are One Response to “Is Composite Decking the Best Decking Material?” :
John Says:

I think explaining the downsides to composite is fantastic. You have great content, though I would like to point out one thing. The rainforest woods, Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru, Garapa among a laundry list of others, are great products. No one can deny that for a minute. They also come from a place of short supply, regardless of how they want to market it. Western Red Cedar and Redwood are a couple others that have resistance to insect attack and decay, at similar costs. Additionally, pressure treated resists both as well. In fact, what do you suppose holds up all that super hard, therefore heavy rainforest wood decks? Usually pressure treated. Wood is a good building material, when used accordingly. And pressure treated has its place, not only because we all can’t afford Ipe, but if we could, we wouldn’t be able to for long – the forest would be gone. Composite just sucks, plastic should not be a building material used for an application where it is used structurally and in the sun. The best marketing behind composite is the fact they make you believe you are doing your part for the environment by using recycled plastic. Just think about how much oil goes into melting down that plastic, and what other products they are adding into this mixture to make your composite? Not really a green alternative anymore either. But there is one good thing composite decking provides, themselves a huge profit margin.

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