Composite vs. Wood: Choosing The Best Decking Material

If you are one of the lucky Tampa homeowners who enjoy a waterfront property, you might be wondering which is better, wood decking or composite. When is comes to installing a new deck, or updating your existing one, one of the most important choices is which building material to use. While the final decision will always be yours to make, here are some facts to take into consideration.

Three Big Things To Keep In Mind:

  • Florida Heat: We all love the Florida sunshine, but the heat can be harsh on the material you choose for your deck. If you choose composite, you might find it difficult to walk on it barefoot during the hot summer days. The plastic present in this type of material will attract and hold the heat, the only solution to that would be a lighter color. When it gets too hot in Tampa, wood decking might be ideal to retain less heat.
  • Maintenance:  There’s always going to be some maintenance to perform on your deck. Annual cleaning and application of finish to keep it looking brand new will take time and lots of work on natural material. Your composite deck will be easier to clean as it is less likely to be damaged by water in the first place, and you won’t have to worry about wood burrowing insects.
  • Cost: Your budget is likely to be one of the biggest factors leading to a decision. Wood decking is usually much more affordable to install than composite. This is because of the manufacturing price and the addition of a supporting base to prevent your artificial deck from sagging with time.

If you are looking to install a new deck, or update your old one, contact the professionals of Priority Marine. Covering the Tampa Bay, they will help you weigh the pros and cons of each type and help you make the best decision. They will ensure your every expectation is met while also keeping in mind your budget. Give them a call at 727-447-1373 or visit their gallery to get inspired.