Decking adds beauty to any house and enables you to enjoy your property even more through outdoor living. When planning the construction of a deck, one of the most important factors to consider is the kind of material you will be using. Among the most deliberated materials are composite and natural wood, and the dilemma between the two has been long standing.  Which is better?

Composite decking has a lot of advantages, but so does natural wood decking.  In order to avoid getting lost in a sea of endless comparisons, however, focus on a few vital features that are important to take into account.  The first is the lifespan or durability of the material. Many people believe that composite materials can last for several decades; however, existing composite materials have not been around long enough yet to prove that claim. Natural woods are generally expected to last around 25 years, but they have been known to remain in good shape longer than that.

Needless to say, because decking is on the higher end of the upgrades spectrum, cost is also always a factor.  Most people want an option that is both inexpensive and practical, and cost, therefore, plays a huge role in determining which material to use.  Composite materials are generally around five times more expensive than natural wood options.  However, you must combine the base cost with the longevity factor to determine which one will indeed be most cost effective for you.

For more conscientious consumers, environment friendly options are on top of their list. It is far more important for them to ensure that the materials they use are creating a huge positive impact on the environment rather than sticking to what’s in trend.  In this scenario, natural woods surpass composite materials by a great deal. Natural woods are highly sustainable because they are fabricated from managed forests and plantations governed by strict logging rules. Composite materials, on the other hand, create more damage to the environment throughout the production process.   Composite materials are made of petroleum derived from oil drilling. As a result,  there is the risk that they can damage our vegetation and even our bodies of water. In addition, they normally include a significant amount of embodied energy created during their fabrication from petroleum.

While composite decking may offer a modern aesthetic to your house, its overall effects can pose a threat to you, your home, and the environment. Natural woods may require a bit more care and maintenance, but in the long run, they are more practical and safer for the environment.

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