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The Great Debate: Wood vs composite deck Boards

by Ofentse Sefolo
The Great Debate: Wood vs composite deck Boards

When it comes to decking materials, there are more options to choose from today than ever before. When wood was the only material available, species like Rhodesian Teak, Saligna and CCA treated Pine were the typical deck building materials of choice. However, composite decking represents the fastest-growing decking materials sold today. Thanks to the latest advances in manufacturing, today’s durable composite deck boards continue to rise in popularity not only because of its low environmental impact but because it successfully emulates the appearance of natural wood, but lacks the propensity to warp, crack or fade over time.

If the pros of this wood-alternative material have you intrigued, let’s explore how wood and composite deck materials stack up and discover why composite decking is now the preferred deck material choice.

Which decking material is more durable?

One of the many allures of composite deck boards is that it’s designed to sidestep issues associated with moisture absorption. In fact, Eva-Last composite decking back performance claims with up to 30 year warranties. The headaches typically associated with wood decking often include mould, splintering and warping if the boards are not regularly maintained. Depending on location, wood decking may need to be replaced in 10 years. Eva-Last Infinity® bamboo composite offers the ultimate in durability and is the toughest co-extruded composite decking available. Its resilient protective cap made of advanced polymer resists scratches, fade, mould and mildew, and makes Infinity® exceptionally low-maintenance, with only the most basic of cleaning required for optimal longevity.

Is composite decking or wood easier to maintain?

Because Eva-Last composite decking is comprised of bamboo fibre and recycled plastics, it’s inherently low maintenance because it isn’t prone to splintering or warping like wood boards are. All Eva-Last composite boards are exceptionally low-maintenance and are decay and weather resistant. As with any type of decking, though, basic maintenance and cleaning help keep the deck boards in top-notch shape. In contrast, wood deck boards typically require sanding, staining, and sealing every few years to better resist their tendencies to fade and deteriorate over time.

Which kind of deck board has the aesthetic advantage?

Thanks to impressive manufacturing advances, composite deck boards are able to successfully emulate the richness and beauty of wood more than ever before. Eva-Last’s most aesthetically advanced composite, Apex® reveals a more realistic grain pattern and sets the standard for the most beautiful and natural-looking composite. What’s more, all Eva-Last composite boards are reinforced with an added layer of protection from UV rays, moisture, biodegradation and the effects of weathering, which helps preserve its good looks. Adding to the sustained aesthetic appeal of composite, Eva-Last Apex® offers exceptional fade and scratch resistance. In addition, Apex® also boasts class-leading slip and fire resistance which also makes it a safer alternative. When it comes to wood, especially sought-after tropical hardwoods like Ipe and Mahogany, there’s no denying its warmth and beauty. However, one of the main complaints associated with wood deck boards is discoloration and fading after years, or even just months, of exposure to sunlight. Frequent and regular maintenance is key to retaining wood’s natural charm.

How much is composite decking vs. wood?

Even though the initial investment in high-performance boards like composite may be higher than wood, it has significantly lower maintenance costs, which are compounded each year. In fact, with products like Eva-Last’s® most cost-effective bamboo composite, Eva-tech®, composites may end up costing less when you consider the full life cycle of a deck. And, with the price of wood reaching near all-time highs, the purchase point for composite decking has never made more sense.

With a plethora of benefits offering more sustainable, safer, more beautiful decking providing the look of natural wood without the constant upkeep, it’s no wonder composite is the preferred choice.

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