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Composite vs. Wood Decking

The popularity of composite decking has prompted a new question for future deck owners - wood or composite?

Many homeowners choose wood decking because it is familiar, readily available and affordable. While wood is still the most common choice for deck material, Composites are growing in popularity for their advantages.

Invented in the late 1980s, wood-plastic composite decking (also called “composite wood decking”) is made of natural fibers from wood pulp, bamboo, bark, or nut hulls combined with plastic powder. This lumber composite often has good environmental credentials because the natural fibers can come from waste materials. Also, these lumbers can be recycled into new WPC products after their useful life is over.

So what makes composite decking such a great choice? The main benefit of composite decking is that it requires almost no maintenance. It doesn’t need sanding, sealing or staining. The only requirement is a semiannual cleaning of a soapy water mixture and a low-power washer or soft bristle brush. Unlike a natural wood deck that can last 10-30 years before needing repair, composite lumbers hold up to 50 years. They are stain-resistant and will hold up well to harsh weather, as well as natural wear. Composite deck boards won’t splinter, rot or become susceptible to insect damage.

Some homeowners worry that composite wood decks will not look as good as wood, however, manufacturing advances have led to composites that emulate the rich, natural look of wood without the hassles of maintaining a wood deck:

Transcend Lineage decking

Transcend Lineage comes in four luxurious, on-trend colors: Biscayne, Rainier, Carmel and Jasper. Transcend Lineage is engineered to keep your deck cooler, even on the hottest days.

Lineage deck will maintain its vibrant color and luxurious finish for years to come.

Trex Select

Trex Select resists stains and mold better than traditional composites.

It offers a variety of five nature-inspired colors that pair smartly with any home and offers a soft, splinter-free finish that’s comfortable underfoot.

Select decking uses 95% recycled plastic film and reclaimed sawdust, and is backed by our 35-Year Limited Residential Fade & Stain Warranty

Enhance decking

Enhance decking offers an authentic wood-grain appearance with the durability of composite and the affordability of wood. It is made of 95% recycled plastic film and reclaimed sawdust, and is backed by our 25-Year Limited Residential Fade & Stain Warranty.

Enhance decking boards are scalloped, making them as lightweight as lumber—without the extra work. This long-lasting decking requires little upkeep and comes in seven colors.

Trex Transcend

Transcend decking’s deep wood-grain pattern and luxury colors create a premium, ageless look. Transcend comes in eight multi-tonal monochromatic colors: Havana Gold, Island Mist, Lava Rock, Spiced Rum, Tiki Torch, Gravel Path, Rope Swing, and Vintage Lantern.


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