Composite decking is a mix of recycled plastic and wood fibers. The advantages of a composite deck is having a product that will last a long time. While composite materials might cost more than wood, there are definitely positive trade-offs. Luckily, composite decking is virtually maintenance free and needs no scraping, sanding, refinishing, or staining.
The composite deck brand that we use is TAMKO. One of the benefits with it is the color tone versus ten years ago when they first came out with composite decking, there was only one color. Another benefit is the modern look. A lot of times with composite decking we screw boards in through sidewalls so there are no screws that are actually on top of the boards. It’s a very clean look, very modern, depending on color tones.
With composite decking, you can buy a less expensive product, but you’re probably not gonna like it two or three years down the road. The big thing is checking to see what kind of product you’re getting. You want to know what kind of product quality you’re getting. It’s just like buying a car. You can buy an entry level Ford Fiesta, or you can buy a Cadillac. We try to find a happy medium between the Cadillac and the Honda Accord, something that’s gonna get a lot of mileage, but is also going to give you some luxury.