James looks at - Timber Decking or Composite Decking
Cost, maintenance, durability and looks can all be deal-makers when choosing what material is most suitable for your new decking area and whilst timber decking might be a cheaper alternative to composite decking, the time spent maintaining the wood and subsequent maintenance costs might be a reason to consider composite decking. However, only timber decking can offer that stained, natural wood look. Here, I take a look at the differences to consider.
Wood vs Composite
Initial cost is less Less maintenance time and cost
Natural look Growing choice of designs and colours available
Minimum 10-year lifespan Minimum 25-year lifespan
Composite Decking - Pros?
Doesn't require sanding/staining/painting
Anti-slip (even in wet weather)
UV Protection (no fading)
Minimum lifespan of 25 years
Child and pet-friendly (no splints or cracks)
Composite Decking - Cons?
Of course, there is some maintenance to be done (e.g. sweeping, cleaning)
You just don't get the look of stained wood
The decision is yours!