wooden deckWhen it comes time to plan your deck, one of the first things you will need to determine is what type of material you would like to use for your deck. As you begin to decide between natural wood and composite materials, consider a few of the similarities and differences.


Natural wood decks are exactly what they are described to be. They are made out of various woods available in nature. In some cases, these woods are only available in certain regions. They also vary in color and weight.

Composite decks are made out of either plastic of PVC. They can either be new plastic products or recycled materials. Composite decks are designed in a hollow style or solid style. Solid style composite decks are often more durable and costly.


Generally speaking, wood decks are known for their durability, but composite desks are not that far behind. Also depending on the type of wood you use, a composite deck might be as durable as the natural wood desk.  Some of the consideration to keep in mind is whether or not you use hollow composite decks or solid style decks. A hollow composite desk is more subject to warping that a solid deck is. When comparing natural wood decks, mahogany wood is a top choice for wood that doesn’t chip over time.


For a long time, composite decks were considered the most cost effective way to build a deck, but now there are many expensive options hat a homeowner can choose. On the opposite side, there are both expensive and inexpensive options in natural wood decking. If cost is a factor in your decking decision, there are both natural wood and composite solutions.

Amount of Maintenance

The difference in the amount of upkeep between a composite deck and a wood deck is possibly the only huge difference that can be noticed. A composite deck was previously known as a no maintenance form of decking material. Now it is considered a low maintenance material. Wood on the other hand needs to be sealed regularly to prevent too much moisture from causing damage.


If you know that you would like to have the opportunity to change your deck in the future, you should carefully consider whether or not you would like to have a composite deck. Not all composite decks work well with paints, and will simply peel off when applied. A good rule of thumb with composite materials is to pick the color you want and will stay with at the beginning.

Although there are some key differences between natural wood and composite decks, the two are very similar. As long as you keep in mind that there are many different options in both types of materials, you are sure to find one that fits your budget and your home.

One Response to Natural Wood vs Composite Decks
  1. Composite decking does even treated wood one better by doing away with the bulk of the upkeep. Thanks!


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