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Choosing The Perfect Outdoor Deck: Composite vs Wood Decking

Nov 21, 2023

By: admin_cleverly

Few experiences are better than a sunny evening relaxing on your backyard deck. However, transforming your outdoor space into a tranquil retreat for rest and relaxation involves careful consideration of the materials for your outdoor decking.

Among the myriad options available, composite and wood decking stand out as popular choices among homeowners in Singapore, each with its unique set of advantages. So, between the two options, which should you go for? The answer depends on your preference.

Nevertheless, to help you make an informed decision to create your ideal outdoor oasis, let us examine the pros of both composite and wooden decks.

The case for composite decking

Image of an outdoor decking

Composite decking has gained immense popularity due to its remarkable durability and low-maintenance features.

Reason #1: Durable

Mention composite decking, and a common first thought is that they are all made from plastics. That is partly true. In fact, most composite decks are actually crafted from a blend of wood fibres and plastic, creating a robust material that replicates the authentic grain surface of wood while capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions.

Unlike natural wood, composite does not rot, splinter, or wrap, ensuring your outdoor decking lasts decades. Its stain-resistant nature also means you do not have to worry about accidental spills marring its beauty, making it an ideal choice for families or those who love entertaining their guests outdoors.

Reason #2: Low-maintenance

Generally, composite decks require less care than wood, with the latter often requiring coating with deck sealer every two or three years. However, that is not to say the former is entirely maintenance-free, as mould and mildew can still accumulate on these boards, causing your outer decking to look unsightly.

Fortunately, specific composite decking, such as zSNAP’s composite deck materials, features a special shielded surface treatment to encapsulate the board entirely in an impermeable layer of protection, making it impervious to moisture and mould. As such, a simple wash or a gentle soap and water scrub semi-annually is usually sufficient to maintain its pristine appearance. No sanding, sealing, or staining is necessary.

Reason #3: Cost-saving

Initial costs for composite decking are often higher than wood, which may cause hesitation on the part of some homeowners. While the composite material requires a higher upfront expense, you may find yourself spending less money maintaining your outdoor decking over the years due to its durability, making it a worthwhile long-term investment.

The case for wooden decking

Sample image of a zsnap.deck:wood ochre

Wooden decks have a timeless appeal, making them a cherished choice among homeowners.

Reason #1: Sustainably produced

Wooden decking can be a natural, more eco-friendly product if the wood is sourced from sustainable forests and harvested responsibly. At Floor Xpert, we are committed to preserving the environment with our wooden decking materials. For instance, our zSNAP.DECK:WOOD is manufactured using sustainable sources such as FSC® certified bamboo, so that it does not contribute to deforestation.

Reason #2: Safety concerns

When choosing your outdoor decking, it is essential to be aware of the safety concern associated with composite decking – the material tends to retain more heat than traditional wood.

However, while this may be true of some composite decks, it does not apply to all. Cellular PVCs are usually more prone to overheating, whereas the natural fibres in WPC mean the material behaves much like wood, rarely getting particularly hot or cold.

Moreover, some composite decking can also become slippery when wet. As such, it may not be suitable for areas prone to rain or near pools. Fortunately, our zSNAP.DECK:WPC can help minimise this risk.

Conversely, traditional wood retains a natural grip, ensuring the surface is less slippery when wet. However, varnished wood can be equally tricky, so your choice of finish for your outdoor decking is essential. For safety reasons, we recommend checking performance before finalising your purchase.

At the end of the day, the argument of composite versus wooden decking boils down to personal preference. Busy households seeking unmatched durability and low maintenance will find much to like about composite decks. Meanwhile, those who appreciate the beauty of authentic materials can turn to the timeless appeal of wooden decks.

However you choose to move forward, our team of flooring contractors can help transform your outdoor space into a haven of relaxation and enduring elegance for years to come. At Floor Xpert, we offer the best and most innovative flooring solutions for your home and workplace. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our consultants.

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