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Question DetailsAsked on 7/18/2013

Should i get a wood deck or composite deck?

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Wood can be much less expensive than the composite decking boards. Keep in mind 30%-60 % of the average deck cost will be the structure and framing required before the final deck boards are installed. I believe composites are only used for the finish or visable decking. Composites will usually not span across framing as well as solid wood. Thus you may need more supports (joists). Ask your neighbors what has been sucessful in your neighborhood. Promises of less maintenance is usually the selling point of using composites. Verify if this is true in your neighborhood before choosing the more expensive "plastic" composites.

Answered 6 years ago by carpentermike


Two thoughts in addition to the first comment:

1) composites do not take paint well, and you generally have to treat and prepare them like metal and use paints made for metals for it to stick right, and'

2) they tend to "fir up" or develop raised fibers that make the surface rough after a winter of weathering, so count on having to surface sand railings (and deck boards if you sit or lie directly on it) every year or two.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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