What Is Composite Decking?

Wood has been a popular material for decks for many years.  Once composite materials were developed, it became a popular choice because it has the look and durability of natural wood.  Composite decking is lumber material made with wood fibers and various types of plastic.  Here are things you should consider when thinking about composite decking for your home.

Composite Material

Materials that would end up in a landfill are the materials used to make composite decking.  Materials such as used milk jugs, plastic shopping bags, sawdust, ground up peanut shell, and wood chips are combined, with a binding agent, to make sturdy lumber for decks.


Composite decking is low maintenance and does not require annual painting or staining.  It is durable, having the ability to withstand the weather; thus, the beauty of the lumber lasts for years.  Composite decking will not rot or split, nor will it develop splinters.  Insects cannot harbor in composite decking and the safety of the surface will prevent slipping.

Color Selection

Composite decking material comes in a range of colors, with some colors even matching the colors of the traditional and exotic wood.  Depending on your color choice, accessories such as handrails, gates, and rails may be available.  Multi-color composites are options, as well.


Composite material costs more than natural wood.  Installation cost is higher as well because installers must install the joist closer to the wood and there must be pre-drilling prior to the installation.  More time is involved to ensure that the lumber is properly install to prevent warping and bowing. 

The initial purchase of composite material may be costly; however, you will save long-term because there is little maintenance in caring for decks made out of composite material.  Fading is not an issue, so you will not need to stain and finish a deck made with composite material.  In as little as five years, a composite deck will pay for itself.


Composite decking material will grow surface mold if the deck is in a shady area because it is hard to keep dry.  In direct sunlight, the surface can get to hot to walk on with bare feet, which makes it a little impractical around a pool.  The sunlight will also fade the material overtime, and unlike wood, composite material cannot be re-stained.

Composite material used for decks will add beauty and value to your home.  Although costly upfront, it will pay for itself in the long run.  If you are entertaining the idea of using composite material for your deck, you will want to explore your options and become knowledgeable in terms of the best applications for composite decking.

For more information, contact companies like Kansas City Remodel and Handyman Allen.