While we might post something in the future on the use of lumber comparing pressure-treated, water-resistant, and hardwood, we’re going to focus exclusively on the more general difference between composite versus wood.
Generally speaking, you’ll be paying more for composite materials. They come in various colors and materials, but if the up-front cost is an issue, you’re going to want to use lumber. Which begs the question, why would someone pay more up-front for composite materials? Does that mean composite is better than wood? Not necessarily.
Here’s A Breakdown…
Typically Less Material Is Required
Cheaper Than Composite
Authentic Look and Feel
Compostable/Re-usable Over Time
6 – 9 Year Life Span
Greater Resistance To Insect Infestations
Resistance To Wood Splintering
Resistance To UV Fading
Recycled Material Options
50 Year Life Span
Aesthetics VS Maintenance
Once people have all the facts at their disposal, it typically boils down to a ratio between aesthetics and ease of use. For those of us who value the aesthetic of natural wood, its smell on a warm summer day, and its feel beneath our feet, wood is an obvious choice.
For those who don’t want to take the time to stain and treat our decks and repair them over time, the aesthetics are typically not as great a consideration. We don’t care about its authenticity or ease of use. Composite is an obvious choice if we don’t have time to take care of it and don’t want to pay someone else to do it.