Hardwood Decking VS Composite Decking – Advantages and Disadvantages

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It is not unusual to find a house these days with one or multiple decks. The decking industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years. An outdoor deck provides an opportunity to gather around in the evening, a place to entertain friends, a place to enjoy the weather, have a romantic dinner with a loved one, or just spend an evening gazing at the stars.

Hardwood decking is one of the most popular options available for homeowners who want an outdoor deck. Hardwood is an eco-friendly, durable, smooth and high quality material that looks good inside any house. It has very low maintenance and is relatively cheap when compared to some of the other alternatives.

Alternatives to hardwood decking include composite decking, which is just sawdust and word particles compressed together with the help of recycled resin. This might be a cheap solution for someone who doesn't care for durability or the look of a deck, but in the long term, it will only end up costing you money. Most people find that composite decking starts warping after a few months. This is followed by the buildup of fungus, mold, etc. If you happen to live in a place that has bad weather, then you'll find that the wood starts to rot and splinter in just a couple of years.

Besides these faults, composite decking also takes a toll on the environment. When you consider that one of the primary components – resin – comes from petroleum, the real environmental costs of using it become more apparent.

Hardwood, on the other hand, is sourced from responsibly managed forests (meaning enough trees are planted in place of those that are uprooted), is very durable, doesn't have any synthetic components such as resin, and won't give you problems such as rotting, mold or splintering after a couple of years. Moreover, nothing can beat the rich texture of natural hardwood. It can also easily complement your house decor and comes in a variety of natural colors.

A deck is meant to be a bridge between the outdoors and the indoors. With hardwood decking, you can bring the flavor of the outdoors a little bit closer to your home.



Source by John Newcomb

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