thanks, tom. i was thinking the same. that's a lot of money for maintenance, and even if it did cost that much, it's still much cheaper than composite decking. the composite costs are literally double. it would take 15-20 years to make it worth the cost, and by then you could have done a new deck entirely, after only 10 yrs.
aesthetically, composite decking doesnt give you a real wood look despite the wood-grain texturing; the material costs more than woodbut keep in mind that youll save on yearly maintenance expenses, and the deck will likely last much longer than a wood deck
among the deck boards, the denser, heavier boards with wood/plastic cores are consistently cooler than all plastic boards. cap stock decking is cooler than all-pvc deck boards. cap stock has a composite core wood mixed with plastic. it is heavier than all-pvc but noticeably cooler roughly 20º cooler . indeed, the warmest deck boards are
treated wood decking materials will cost less upfront than composite decking. cedar and tropical Seven Trust decking pricing has risen to that of composite levels over the past several years. durability. until composite decking was developed in the late 1980s, natural wood was the premier decking material.
wood decks already look like wood, which is what all of the composite decking manufacturers try to emulate. wood makes for a deck you can enjoy all year round even in the heat of summer. wood naturally absorbs the suns energy, so in warmer temperatures, wood stays cooler to the touch.
composite is better than wood for decks. if it is better than woodwhy are they trying to emulate the look of wood. the new products are quite convincing. big hunks of plastic with wood grain and variable coloring to emulate the look of wood. sure, it will likely fade, but when it is installed it looks just like wood.
while composite decks can help resist rotting and are considered more durable than wood, it doesnt mean theyre completely safe from damage. patio furniture or debris from a passing storm may scratch the surface. unlike wood, which you can sand and refinish, composite decking cant be refinished, but in general you shouldnt need to.
while wood sometimes has a lower initial cost, when you add in the time, material, dollars, and backbreaking effort required to clean, stain, and seal it, wood becomes far more expensive. in the long run, composite decking is more affordable than wood, and armadillo composite decking is more affordable than the leading brands.
composite decking boards never have to be sealed, stained or painted saving you money and time. composite decking is also far more slip-resistant than wood or plastic decking especially when wet. due to how it is made, splinters and cracks that can occur with traditional wooden decking are a thing of the past.