The Pros & Cons of Composite Decks

A composite deck is a type of outdoor deck made from a combination of materials, typically plastic and wood fibers or sawdust. Composite decking is designed to mimic the look and feel of traditional wood decking, while offering increased durability, resistance to weather and moisture, and lower maintenance requirements.

Low Maintenance
: Composite decking requires less maintenance compared to traditional wood decks. It does not need to be stained or sealed, and it is resistant to fading, rot, and insects.

Durability: Composite decking is designed to be highly durable and can last for many years without warping, cracking, or splintering.

Cost: Although more costly upfront, the maintenance cost of cleaning, staining or sealing a wood deck will add up to more expensive. As a long term investment, a composite deck will last longer and require little or no maintenance costs.

Aesthetics: Composite decking is available in a range of colors and finishes, so you can choose the look that best suits your home’s design.

Environmentally Friendly: Composite decking is made from recycled materials and is often manufactured using sustainable practices.


Cost: Composite decking is initially more expensive than traditional wood decking.

Heat Retention: Some composite decking materials can become hot in direct sunlight, which can make the surface uncomfortable to walk on.

Limited Customization: While composite decking is available in a range of colors and finishes, it may not offer the same level of customization as traditional wood decking.

Susceptible to Staining: Composite decking can be susceptible to staining from certain substances, such as grease or oil, and may require additional maintenance to keep it looking its best.

There are several brands of composite flooring available in the market, and the best brand may vary based on individual preferences and requirements. 

Marion Street Services is a Certified TREX Pro Deck Builder in the Oak Park and River Forest area.

Popular and highly rated composite flooring brands:

Trex: Trex is a leading manufacturer of composite decking and flooring products that are known for their durability, low maintenance, and eco-friendliness.

TimberTech: TimberTech offers a range of composite decking and flooring options that are resistant to stains, scratches, and fading. They also offer a variety of color and texture options.

Fiberon: Fiberon is another well-known brand that offers composite flooring and decking products. Their products are also durable, low maintenance, and eco-friendly.

Cali Bamboo: Cali Bamboo offers composite decking and flooring products made from bamboo, which is a sustainable and renewable resource. Their products are also scratch-resistant and easy to clean.

NewTechWood: NewTechWood offers a range of composite decking and flooring options that are moisture-resistant, slip-resistant, and termite-resistant. They also come in a variety of color and texture options.

It’s always a good idea to research and compare different brands before making a purchase to find the best option for your needs and budget.

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