Is Composite Decking the Right Choice for You?

Now that winter is coming to an end in Tampa, homeowners will start to daydream about the warm summer days and backyard barbeques ahead. If your outdoor deck is not at its best, you may be considering your options for a makeover. Composite decking has grown in popularity recently because of its low maintenance and durability, but is it right for your Tampa home?

Pros

Composite decking is a synthetic composed of a mix of wood and plastics and can be designed in a variety of colors and looks. Some can even be designed to look similar to real wood. Planks are made with recyclable materials and because it is not real wood, it does not fade or stain and is more resistant to insect, rot, and mold than wood decks. Splintering is not something a homeowner has to worry about with this material either. It is also much lighter, making it easier to work with. Finishing and sealers are also not necessary upkeep. Maintenance of composite decks is low and their durability means they will last longer than wood. Some companies also offer lifetime guarantees.

Cons

There are some drawbacks to composite decking however. Composite decks don’t have the same look as real wood and planks tend to be more expensive than wood options. The planks of plastic can also be slippery when wet and could pose a risk to young ones running around a pool area. If you’ve spent a summer in the Tampa area, you know that heat is a factor in any remodeling decision. This decking material is often be made of materials that expand and contract in certain climates which risks the board joints loosening and making the decks unstable.

It is important to get the opinion of a professional before deciding on the decking materials that are right for your Tampa home. Contact Priority Marine at (727) 447-1373 to talk to a professional about your composite decking needs.

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