Which material is best for a new deck: composite or wood? Below are pros and cons of each.

Composite Deck Wood Deck
  • Composite decking comes in a variety of styles, colors, and grades so you can find something that fits your budget
  • Composite decking requires very little maintenance
  • Comes with a 25-year warranty on the composite materials, plus a lifetime warranty on the treated lumber framing
  • Composite decking can get hot in direct summer sun. Consider adding a pergola for shade
  • The cost of wood has increased as demand for it has gone down. It’s now equivalent to many composite choices
  • Wood decking must be sanded and finished on a regular basis to protect the wood
  • Comes with a 1-year workmanship warranty; life of the wood is dependent on regular sanding/refinishing
  • Wood is susceptible to stains, scratches, splintering, mold & mildew

Our conclusion: we recommend composite for its low-maintenance, long warranty, and cost over the life of the deck.