Composite vs. Hardwood

Hardwood decking


  • Depending on your choice, natural timber can be less expensive than composites, but it may be more expensive to install.
  • Has a wide range of colours and textures, from reds through to brown, pinks, cream and yellow. Some woods can weather to a nice silver colour, but they may need to be replaced sooner.
  • Can look more natural and beautiful
  • Can be cooler underfoot than composites
  • Some woods are suitable for up to bal 29 fire zones


  • Needs regular maintenance
  • Only certain woods work well around pool areas
  • It can splinter and crack
  • It can warp and rot and attract mould over time
  • Can be slippery

Composite Decking


  • More resistant to stains and mould.
  • Many are capped to reduce fading (check the Warranty) and scuffing and scratching
  • Doesn’t warp or rot
  • Low maintenance (no oiling – wash down with mild detergent and a broom as needed)
  • Environmentally friendly, typically sourced from recycled material
  • Can be used up to bal 29
  • A good composite is ideal for the Sydney climate


  • Can be more expensive initially, then balances out in the long run
  • Can’t be sanded back for spot repairs
  • Can retain more heat under direct sunlight

Hardwood or Composite Decking?

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