Q: Is a hardwood deck or a composite deck a better investment?
Will a hardwood deck or a composite deck be a better value over time? How do the costs, maintenance needed, durability, and lifetime compare? Thanks.
A: Composite decking, unless.
Composite decking is a better investment if you are a typical home owner that wants to lay down a deck and use it without any cares. Actual hardwood decking looks better (my opinion), feels better, has higher value, but also takes much more maintenance and care. Cost of each are similar, with composites being slightly more at installation, but not having any further costs. Hardwoods will cost you $ in the future for re-finishing. Lifetimes of both products are longer than your life if taken care of. Hardwood decks can fail quickly (6-10 yrs) if not maintained. Any exterior wood needs to be inspected and touched up every year to get a lifetime of enjoyment. Composite decking, however does not need any attention from the user on an annual basis. The composite decking will just continue to fade and eventually begin flaking, at least in sunny California. I recommend both to home owners weekly depending on their life style and intended use of the deck. As with many things in building, this is a both are good materials situation. You would have to decide what is right for you and go with it.
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