HOW LONG DOES COMPOSITE DECKING LAST

Selecting the right decking material is a crucial decision, considering the substantial investment it entails. In the realm of decking options, wood, and composite stand out in the USA, each offering unique advantages. This guide delves into the lasting appeal of composite decking, shedding light on why it outshines wood and exploring the key factors contributing to its impressive lifespan.

WHAT IS COMPOSITE DECKING?

Composite decking is a synthetic marvel that combines real wood fibers, plastics, and a bonding agent, essentially with 55% FSC-approved reclaimed wood fibers and 45% recycled high-density polyethylene plastic. Because of this unique composition composite decks are now considered to be an excellent choice for bridge decks as well.

THE LIFESPAN OF COMPOSITE DECKING

The lifespan of modern composite decks is estimated to be between 30 and 50 years, depending on installation quality, care, and maintenance. Different types of boards, such as first- and second-generation boards, play a role. Second-generation boards with a capped PVC layer are more resistant to weather elements and absorb less moisture. Results from a previous study claimed that composite decks are so strong that a sudden failure of the deck is virtually impossible.

WHY DOES COMPOSITE DECKING LAST LONGER THAN WOODEN DECKING?

Because of the protective qualities of the plastics within the boards, composite decking has a longer lifespan than its timber counterparts. Rot, warping, splinters, and splitting, all of which are common in traditional timber decking, are reduced by the plastic coating on wood fibers in composite materials. Furthermore, without the need for additional treatments, composite boards deter wood-boring insects.

FACTORS INFLUENCING THE LIFESPAN OF COMPOSITE DECKING

MATERIAL QUALITY

The lifespan is determined by the materials used in construction.

MAINTENANCE

With proper care and regular maintenance, a composite deck can last for 20-40 years or more.

MAINTENANCE

Made from recycled wood and plastic and topped with a tough plastic shield, composite decks are extremely strong and long-lasting.

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR LONGEVITY OF COMPOSITE DECKING

REGULAR
CLEANING

Sweep or use a leaf blower regularly to keep debris at bay.

DEEP
CLEANING

Mild soap and water cleaning or gentle pressure washing twice a year.

AVOID HARSH
CHEMICALS

Avoid using abrasive cleaners that could damage the deck surface.

PROMPT
REPAIRS

Address signs of damage or wear as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration.

INTERESTED IN A COMPOSITE DECK?
CONTACT NORTHWEST DECKS TODAY!

Northwest Decks provides a hassle-free experience by providing a seamless process from consultation through the composite deck installation process. We prioritize quality in Tacoma and Western Washington’s diverse weather conditions by operating with professionalism and using top-tier decking products. We make dream patios a reality by collaborating with leading brands such as Trex. Trust us with your composite decking needs, and let your satisfaction speak for itself.

Call us today at 253.342.4688 or 360.731.8445