There’s no reason why composite needs to take a back seat to timber.
From hosting a big barbie to simply sipping a drink or two, a deck is so much more than just the sum of its parts. Not only does a deck increase the overall value of your home should you decide to sell it one day, but it also helps you and your loved ones to create many memories that will last you a lifetime by giving you a livable comfortable outdoor space.
Though what will be the best material for this feature? Should you go with the blended solution or real timber? Whether you want to replace your current outdoor deck or want to build one from scratch, continue reading to find out if composite decking will be worth the money.
What is composite decking?
If you’ve been researching decks, you’ve probably come across the term composite decking more than once. In short, this material has been designed to imitate the feel and look of real timber.
The boards used have two parts: a core and a cap. The core consists of two main ingredients, namely wood and plastic. A cap consisting of bonded polymer is added to each board to protect the core. There are a number of different types such as ResortDeck, Trex, Millboard, and AZEK being some of the most popular choices.
What are the benefits of composite decking?
Here are a few of the main benefits that it can offer:
The wood that’s used in this type of deck comes from sawdust, wood fiber, and wood chips. This means that no tree has to be cut down to create these boards as recycled materials can be used instead. Sure, it does include plastic in its composition, but a brand like Trex, for example, is made from more than 90% recycled materials that includes household plastic waste.
One of the main reasons why homeowners decide to go the composite route is because of durability. To give you an idea, a timber deck will last you about 10-15 years. On the other hand, a composite deck can last you twice as long. Also, unlike natural timber, blended solutions are also resistant to termites and won’t rot. Plus, it’s been designed to resist scratches, staining, and fading too. This means that you can sit back and really enjoy the view and moment without worrying about all those spills.
Not only is it built to last, but it requires basically zero maintenance. All you need to do is rinse it with a bit of water, and your deck will continue to look great for many years.
Variety of styles
There’s no reason to paint your house just so that it will fit in with your new deck. This type of deck comes in a wide range of shades and colours. From dark driftwood to light limed oak, you’re bound to find a colour that will complement the exterior of your home. Many also come with designs to mimic the look of a natural wood grain so you can have the hue and the feel of timber in a material designed to last.
What are the disadvantages of composite decking?
Nothing is perfect, and this type of deck also comes with a few drawbacks. Depending on your budget and preference, you might find the following two factors less appealing:
While composite is more durable, it’s more expensive than timber decking. You can expect to pay about as much as 30% more for blended options than a hardwood or softwood like pine. That said, it will last much longer so you will not need to replace it nearly as soon as you would real timber.
Make no mistake, this type of decking is beautiful, and the fine details perfectly resemble the characteristic grain of wood. Yet, it’s not made from natural timber which some people might not be able to look past (even though, it still boasts a wood-look quality).
How much can you expect to pay for composite decking in Sydney?
The material needed is priced in square meters. So, the bigger the deck, the more expensive your building project will be.
Also, there are various types of material that will impact the pricing. For example, Trex, the world’s biggest manufacturer of alternative timber products, is significantly cheaper than a material like Millboard.
The average cost per square meter for Trex is about $40 to $80. On the other hand, for Millboard, you can expect to pay between $260 to $330 per square meter for the material alone.
With regards to the labour costs, you can expect to pay between $200 to $210 per square meter in Sydney for deck installation. Then, you’ll also need to keep in mind that you might have to pay for waste removal if you’re replacing an existing deck.
So should you opt for composite decking?
When you’re busy with home repairs and renovations, you should never stare blankly just at the initial upfront cost. You must also remember to keep in mind factors like durability, maintenance, and environmental impact.
What this type of deck lacks in the material cost department, it makes up for in other areas. It’s a lot more durable than timber decks. It’s also much easier to maintain. There’s no need for any periodic sanding or painting. Also, as it won’t rot, you don’t have to replace (and budget for) sections at a later stage. Last, but not least, it’s also much kinder toward the environment. So, you can really enjoy your deck without worrying about the maintenance or your impact on the environment.
If you feel that composite decking is worth the cost, be sure to reach out to the team at UrbanArch Building. We’re one of the leading providers of high-quality professional backyard designs in and around Sydney. Whether you’re interested in Trex, Millboard, or AZEK, our team is able to supply and install the most popular brands. If you’re searching for an experienced installer who won’t cut corners, call us on 0413 185 735 or complete our enquiry form for a fast, free quote today.