Should You Choose Composite or Wood Decking

Wood decking can be a great home addition to creating a picture-perfect setting for Fourth of July cookouts, pool parties in the hot Sarasota heat, or even just a relaxing evening under the stars this summer. But choosing the perfect surface for your retreat takes a lot of consideration with material, upkeep, and of course cost in mind.

Is One Material Better Than the Other?

Composite surfaces are composed of 100% plastic material and can even be constructed from recycled materials such as milk jugs or soda bottles while wood surfaces can be made from a wide range of natural lumbers. Of course as a homeowner you want to build your wood decking addition with a material that is going to create the longest lasting surface. When it comes to that concern, these two materials have about the same life span. It is more important to ask yourself other questions such as: Will my surface be in the shade or in the hot sun? What will be the purpose of this addition? How often will I be using my outside space?

How Much Time Are You Willing to Spend on Upkeep?

Before making a final decision on which outdoor surface is best for your Sarasota home, it is necessary to evaluate how much time you are able to spend on wood decking upkeep. No matter what you decide both surfaces require maintenance to prevent fading and warping. But for instance, pressure washing, as well as household cleaners can easily clean the surface of a composite surface while it is recommended to leave lumber cleaning to a professional in order to preserve the natural color and texture.

What Does Your Budget Look Like?

Just like any addition to one’s home, keeping your project on budget is important. In regards to wood decking, price is directly related to material, quantity, and quality. In addition to the initial building cost there are finishing costs and maintenance fees to remember as well. It’s important to not only calculate the initial square footage price but the long term cost as well.

Priority Marine

There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing the right surface for you and your outdoor addition. The decision between composite and wood decking is a personal preference that also depends on commitment and budget. Priority Marine of Sarasota is your source for marine construction. Contact us today at (727) 447-1373 and let us help you make the decision that is right for you and your backyard!


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