Why Wood Won’t Do

April 3rd, 2018 Category: Decks

When most people think of a deck, they generally first think of a pressure treated lumber deck. Wood has been the material of choice for many years in the deck building industry, but the fact is there are now better options available.

While wood may suffice, composite decking goes above and beyond, lasting longer, requiring less maintenance, and being more eco friendly.

Let’s look at why wood just won’t do anymore, in comparison to composite decking.

Why Wood Won’t Do


Arguably the biggest benefit of composite Trex decking is its durability in comparison to pressure treated wood. Composite decking can last 10-15 years longer than the average wood deck. Trex is not as susceptible to sun damage, rain damage, or other environmental factors and remains in good condition with considerably less upkeep than wood.


The maintenance for a wood deck usually includes regular power washing, staining, and in some cases sanding. Trex, on the other hand, requires almost no maintenance at all. While you may want to clean your deck periodically so it doesn’t look dirty, you won’t need to power wash it too keep it in good shape. In addition, composite decking doesn’t bleach quite like wood does in the sun, so you won’t need to be restraining on a regular basis.

Design Options

Composite decking comes in a variety of colors so that you can match it to your home’s exterior for a cohesive look. The decking also comes with a wood grain impression on it so it looks and feels like real wood, but without the splintering, cracking, and fading. Wood also has some design options such as staining and painting, but unlike Trex, it will need to be restained and repainted over the years.

Environmental Impact

And finally, composite decking is superior to wood decking because of its smaller impact on the environment. While pressure treated lumber is harvested from cut down trees, composite decking such as Trex is created with recycled materials such as wood shavings and plastic. It’s lesser environmental impact can leave you feeling as though you’ve done your part for the environment, while also choosing a material that won’t need to be replaced as quickly as it’s wood counterpart.

If you are ready to take the leap and add that dream deck onto your home, our team at Outdoor Specialties would love to meet with you and discuss your ideas. We have experience with many different decking materials, and would love to discuss your options with you, based on your preferences and budget. To get started, give us a call today!

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