Composite Deck Contractor Burnaby
When your researching materials that you can use for your deck, make sure you take a look at composite wood. Composite wood decks are a blend of wood and plastic and is a great alternative to your classic wood and vinyl decks. This material was brought to the deck industry in the late 80's and there has been some significant advances since then. We'll cover some of the differences that composite wood decks have over other types of materials.
Visuals - The composite decks that first came out in the 80's/90's were not that appealing and the durability was not the best. As the years have gone on, composite wood has started mimic the look of wood and has drastically increased its durability. If you were to take a quick glance, we're sure many folks wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a composite deck and a natural wood deck. You'll never be able achieve the exact look and feel of natural wood but composite wood has come a long way in recent times.
Moisture - With the amount of rain that we get in British Columbia, moisture has to be taken into consideration for any structure that will be exposed to mother nature. Decks made of composite wood and vinyl are great for our climate as they are water resistant and waterproof respectively. Wood decks that are properly maintained can withstand water but they are susceptible to absorbing moisture which can cause issues to your wood such as cracking, splintering, warping, and even rotting. With water resistance, you rarely run into these types of issues.
Maintenance - When comparing the maintenance work involved with wood, there is much less involvement with composite decks. Wood decks require cleaning, staining, sealing, and some even require oil to be applied. Composite wood typically require just a quick clean and wash to make it look like new again. There is also no risk of splintering or insect infestation with a composite deck. If you are looking for a low maintenance option, this could be the deck for you.
Price - When deciding on the type of deck you are getting, budget will one of the options that must be considered. Composite decking is typically pricier upfront compared to other wood options. However, when you take the future time and cost of maintenance when compared to wood decks, composite wood decks will usually pay off that difference in around 5 years. Prices will heavily different depending on the exact grade of material you use as well so make sure pay close attention to that.
Composite decking provides our clients a low maintenance option that is quite durable and can offer a new sleek look. There are many design options available which will allow you to match the rest of your landscape seamlessly. With the precipitation levels we get in BC the water resistant property that composite has is a big plus for our climate. If you like the look of wood but would prefer a bit more of a hands off solution, composite decks could be the answer for you.