Composite decking has been an option for homeowners for over 20 years. In spite of its respectable track record, however, misconceptions about it still exist. Sentry Exteriors, your trusted roofing contractor, now debunks the most common myths about composite decks.
They Look Unnatural
Composite decking has evolved quite a lot since it began more than 20 years ago. Today, manufacturers can make products that mimic natural wood quite well. In fact, they often feature a range of grains and finishes that replicate trees found all over the world.
All Use the Same Material
Composite decks come from different materials. They vary quite a lot in terms of quality, aesthetics and value. Among them is a high-performance composite with an integrated, three-sided shell. This protective layer resists severe weather, foot traffic, fading, mold and staining. Gutter companies like Sentry Exteriors offer quality materials for composite decks.
They Don’t Need Maintenance
Anything that gets exposed to the elements for years on end will need some type of maintenance at some point. When it comes to decking, the difference lies in how much upkeep it needs. Natural wood decking requires regular sanding, sealing and staining. It can splinter, warp, or rot, increasing the need for more costly maintenance measures. Composite decking, however, only needs a rinse twice a year.
Composite Is Costly
Pressure-treated lumber costs less than wood alternatives. But even if they are well-maintained, wooden deck boards will warp and splinter over time. Consider the time and cost needed to repair and replace them. When you compare the cost of maintaining a wood deck, a composite deck actually ends up paying for itself in the long run.
Gutter guard and overall home improvement contractors like Sentry Exteriors offer maintenance programs for your decks. We can provide you with wood, composite and vinyl decks and screened porches and sunrooms. We can also add a roof overhang to your existing porch or deck. Our service area covers the Charlottesville, VA area. Call us at (434) 333-7753 to discuss your needs and get a free estimate.