8 of the Top Benefits of Composite Decking


Composite decking is not the same as wood or other decking. Having some distinct advantages over wood decking. Advantages with many benefits installing composite decking.

Benefits for you and your deck. Reasons to select composite deckingOpens in a new tab. for your deck.

Having built many decks, both wood and composite, here is a list of some benefits of composite decking.  

Not a complete list of composite benefits but some of the top advantages of composite decking.

1. Minimal Maintenance.

I am sure you have heard this one before. But maintenance is still the number one benefit of composite decking. Or the lack thereof.

Composite decking is designed not needing to be regularly stained. But designed to be enjoyed. With maintenance limit to cleaning. It is as easy as wiping down your floor or spraying it down with the garden hose with many brands.

Indeed a benefit and a breeze to maintain.

2. Resilence Against Damage

Damage to a deck can come from many things. But composite decking is designed to resist it all.

Composite decking is impermeable to waterOpens in a new tab., preventing rot, fungi and mildew on your deck. Deckorators is one of the best in this category. Keep in mind that water is the number one reason for deck failure. For with water comes damage.

Another benefit of composite decking durability is strength. Fiberon and Armadillo are two of the highest-rated for resistance to indents.

Zuri PVC decking has an incredible resistance to wear traffic.  

Just to name a few ways that composite decking is resistant to damage.

3. Traction Minimizing Slipping in the Rain

Not that you will be dancing on your deck in the rain but traction is a benefit of composite decking.

Not all perform equally in the rain, Zuri and Wolf are two of the best for tractionOpens in a new tab., but many composite decking have superior traction to wood decking. Especially if you consider slipping on mildew on your deck. Your wood deck that is because composite decking won’t grow mildew on it.

4. Environmental Sustainable

If you are looking to use a product that reduces garbage in the landfills while minimizing the demand on the environment. Composite decking benefits the environmentOpens in a new tab. by being made from recycled material. It varies by brand. Trex is one of the leaders at 95%, but even TimberTech, with 80% recycled content, is an environmentally friendly product. By greatly reducing the garbage headed to the landfill.

5. More Vibrant Permanent Colours

Another big benefit of composite decking is its appearance. In particular, the colour they can add to your home and backyard.

Fiberon has 31 decking colours to choose between. Now that will give you some choice for your deck. But Fiberon is only one of many composite decking companies.

For a fuller round up of Composite Decking companiesOpens in a new tab., click the link to see from A-Z of decking brands. Each one with a wide range of colour options. Surely to bring living colour to your deck.

The added benefit of composite decking colour is it will lastOpens in a new tab., unlike stain, which will fade over time. The good brands of composite decking are warrantied to fade less than 5 Delta E.

That is lasting colour.

6. Safe for Bare Feet

That’s right. Composite decking doesn’t have splinters. No splinters, no painful slivers make your deck safe for bare feet. Kick off the shoes and enjoy being out on your deck.

But be warned, on hot days, composite decking can get hot.

7. Warranties

The benefit of time. The promise that your decking, if composite it will last a long time.

How much depends on brand but almost all quality composite decking brands start at 25 years.

Trex offers 25 years for all their lines of decking. It doesn’t matter if it’s their entry line Enhance Basics or their Premium or what they call their best, Transcend. They all are backed by the same 25-year warranty.

But as I said, 25 years is often only the start for composite decking warranties.

Companies like Fiberon offer a much longer warranty. Twice as long for their Concordia composite decking. A 50-year decking warranty.

Now that’s a lifetime warranty.

8. Savings Increase Over Time

Yes, composite decking is more costly to start with, which is often the biggest con of composite decking. But over time, with minimal maintenance, the savings of installing composite start to add up.

Depending on the brand and level of maintenance required in your region, this can be as little as 2 years but generally 10.

The long-term savings with composite is a huge benefit.  

Conclusion of Benefits of Composite Decking

These are just some of the top benefits of composite decking. For a fuller list of benefits and drawbacks of composite decking, read Pros and Cons of Composite DeckingOpens in a new tab..

Where I go into much more details of both the advantages and disadvantages of composite decking.

Decking that has changed how we enjoy our decks. Less work, more enjoyment.

Ryan Nickel

A Red Seal carpenter, passionate about building decks to be enjoyed.

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