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With BBQ season in full swing, you might be thinking of upgrading your deck!

The most common building material is wood, but what would be the difference between wood vs. composite deck material? We’re going to dive into the pros and cons of each.

Wood Deck Material

Using wood for your decking material is much cheaper than composite. This is often the biggest hurdle when doing projects. So, if you’re on a budget, wood is the way to go! Wood is durable and will last you a good 10-30 years (depending on the type of care and maintenance you put into it). Wood also comes in different types (obviously), so you can choose the look that you ultimately want. While it is cheaper with more variety, it is susceptible to warping, and splintering from normal wear and tear. Also, you’re going to have some annual maintenance to keep it looking its best – this includes sanding, cleaning, staining, or painting. 

Composite Deck Material

The composite deck material is about double the cost of wood, but it will far outlast a wood deck and will have less annual maintenance costs. Every other year you’ll have to scrub your composite deck down with soapy water, but there is no sanding, sealing, staining, or painting involved. Also, it should last you up to 50 years, but it will not give you that wood look. Composite is a good option to increase the value of your home. 

The low maintenance and long-lasting durability of composite decking make it attractive to potential buyers, but a well-done deck can increase the value of your home no matter the material. There are lots of personal preferences you need to take into consideration to see if you want wood vs. composite deck material. Whatever you choose to use on your home project, make sure it works for your budget and family!