Decking allows homeowners to enjoy a versatile outdoor living space, and is one of the more popular home improvement projects for Australian homeowners to undertake. Whether you’re considering the addition of a deck to your property, the restoration of an existing structure or the purchase of a property which already contains a particular type of decking, it’s always wise to have a basic idea of how the most common decking materials stack up against one another.
For homeowners who desire a natural wood look, there are two primary materials from which to choose: wood decking and composite decking.
Composite Decking: Pros and Cons
To curb deforestation and limit the use of virgin wood, many Australian homeowners are considering the use of composite decking materials to achieve the classic look of wood decking, with a different level of environmental impact and maintenance requirements.
Wood Decking: Pros and Cons
Like composite materials, wood decking comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. To make an informed decision about which option is best suited to your needs and lifestyle, it’s wise to weigh these pros and cons against the unique requirements of your household.
While both composite decking and timber can enjoy a long, durable life, both options will need to be periodically inspected to ensure structural integrity and safety. For homeowners in the process of having a deck built, it’s also wise to have new work evaluated by a professional building inspector to ensure the workmanship is of reasonable quality, and there are no outstanding safety risks. With the right maintenance and oversight, either a timber or composite decking project can be a great addition to almost any home.
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