Composite Deck Contractor Coquitlam
If you are in the market for a deck, one of the first things that will come up during your research is what type of material should you use. An great alternative to the more common wood and vinyl decks is composite decking. Composite wood is a material that is made of a blend of wood and plastic. Composite wood decking was brought into the deck industry in the latter half of the 80's and has made significant advances since. We'll go over some of the advantages that that a composite deck would have over a natural wood deck.
Visual Appearance - When composite decks were first introduced to the scene, they were not the most visually appealing as they gave a plastic look and didn't have the best durability on them. Through the years, composite wood has been able to closely mimic the look of natural wood. Some people may not even be able to tell the difference from afar or at a quick glance. The gap in looks between the two materials has closed considerably. While you'll never be able to achieve the true look and feel of natural wood, composite wood has gotten quite close to it.
Moisture - We are all used to rain in the lower mainland and moisture has to be taken into consideration for building structures that are exposed to the elements. When building a deck, vinyl is a great material choice as it can create a waterproof membrane. Wood decks can withstand moisture fairly well but require proper maintenance work which involves resealing and applying oils to your deck. As wood decks are susceptible to absorbing moisture, this can create warping, cracking, splintering and rotting of the wood. Composite wood decks on the other hand are made to resistant to moisture and provides a stronger protection than a natural wood deck.
Maintenance - Composite wood decks require much less maintenance when compared to its natural wood counterparts. Wood decks require sealing, staining, cleaning, and some woods even requiring applying oils as well. Composite decking really only requires a quick clean and wash for it to look like new. There is no risk of splintering with composite or a insect infestation. If you are looking for an option that requires minimal maintenance work, look out for composite decking.
Price - When you are in the market for a deck, pricing is a major factor in your decision. Composite decking is typically pricier upfront than many wood options. When you take into consideration the future maintenance cost and time for maintenance with wood decks, composite decks can usually pay off the difference in around 5 years or so. Prices can differ quite a bit depending on the type of material you use so make sure you know the exact material costs.
Composite decks offer our clients an option that is durable, low maintenance, and has a sleek look. There is a wide range of colours and designs to give you flexibility to help match the rest of your landscape. With the weather we have in BC, the moisture resistance of composite decks is a huge plus. If you want the aesthetic of wood but prefer a hands off options, composite decking could be the answer for you.