Advantages of composite decking include low maintenance, pest control, color retention and lower long-term cost. As an alternative to wood decking, composite decking does not require yearly painting, staining or sealing.
Composite decking has few of the problems that wood decking has, including splintering, rotting and molding problems. While composite decking boards are susceptible to occasional mold and staining, they are easy to clean with standard household cleaners. Since composite decks do not splinter nor overheat, they make great barefoot surfaces.
Composite decking boards are not infused with pesticides nor heavy metals, making them safe for children, animals and adults. Wood decking, on the other hand, is infused with these chemicals to avoid being invaded by pests, which composite decking naturally resists.
Wood decks fade after a few years of use, unlike composite decks, which last for a longer time. Composite decking boards are made from the same batch of material, making each board uniform in color. The boards can even be made to look like traditional lumber, have a bigger length than wood boards and not require any decking screws.
Although composite decking is more expensive to invest in initially, it has a lower long-term cost than wood decking because of its longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs. Some well-maintained wood decks need to be replaced after 10 years, whereas composite decks can last for 25 years under warranty.