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6 Benefits of Composite Decking You Need to Know

January 24, 2022
Benefits of composite decking TimberTech

As you search for the best material for your new deck build, you’ll likely read about the many benefits composite decking offers over traditional wood. In addition to being a low-maintenance alternative, composite decking from TimberTech also offers color-rich boards with an authentic wood-like appearance — giving you the natural look you desire along with easy upkeep (and long-term cost savings, too). 

What Is Composite Decking?

Composite decking refers to deck boards made from cores comprised of either 100% polymer material or a blend of organic wood flakes and plastics. Composite deck boards can be partially or fully encapsulated — meaning a 3- or 4-sided cap. Unlike traditional wood, most composite deck boards feature a structural layer of protection: the outer capping.

Why use composite decking for the benefits of composite decking

Pictured: A grooved composite deck board with protective capping on all 4 sides

TimberTech Goes Above the Competition

At TimberTech, we believe Better Tech, Better Deck. Why?

Industry-leading technology to ensure your deck has enduring beauty.

All the nuanced beauty of nature, with realistic grain patterns, finishes, and color blending.

Industry-leading warranties so you have total confidence in your composite deck from day one.

Benefits of Composite Decking: Why Leave Wood for Good

Unlike traditional wood, TimberTech composite deck boards have a core and a cap made with high-performance recycled materials and innovative technology for protection. This makes them resistant to moisture, weathering, and fading — the perfect combination for an outdoor oasis.

Traditional wood does not have the same benefits of composite decking

Traditional Wood

A weathered pressure-treated wood board. Even “protective” pressure treatments can’t compare to the engineered capping of TimberTech composite decking.

Benefits of composite decking include rich hues that don't fade

TimberTech Decking

Both our capped composite and capped polymer deck boards feature 100% engineered caps that lock in beauty — and lock out moisture and the elements.

The benefits of TimberTech composite decking make it an ideal choice so you can enjoy a low-maintenance deck that will retain its rich color for many years to come.

3 Unique Decking Lines, 1 Perfect Fit

Find the better-than-wood decking for your outdoor space.

1.) Enjoy More Time Outside With Less Overall Maintenance

Why use composite decking but for the benefits of composite decking low maintenance

One of the greatest benefits of composite decking is its minimal maintenance. Traditional wood decks need extensive upkeep every 1 to 3 years and will need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years — a labor intensive and costly process. Wood decks also require regular power-washing and staining to keep their color.

By comparison, TimberTech composite boards are easy to maintain, saving you time, effort, and overall costs. A TimberTech deck never needs sanding, staining, or sealing to maintain its lustrous color or protect against weathering agents. To remove dirt, dust, or pollen, a TimberTech deck will only need spot treatment or a proper cleaning with TimberTech® DeckCleaner.

2.) Choose a More Durable Option Than Wood

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When you shop for materials to build your deck, you’ll find that you have options for both wood and composite decking. However, TimberTech composite deck boards are engineered to surpass wood — and the competition — thanks to its leading technology.

What Our Technology Means for You

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A Protected Deck

Mold, mildew, and moisture invasion won’t be a concern thanks to protective capping and a proprietary material blend that resists moisture so mold and mildew can’t grow.

This also means that capped composite and capped polymer composite deck boards won’t warp, split, or crack like traditional wood decks – a big benefit of composite decking compared to wood.

TimberTech has 3 innovative decking lines to choose from: TimberTech® AZEK®, TimberTech PRO®, and TimberTech EDGE®. Each line offers unrivaled design, functionality, and elegance — all protected by high-performance capping.

Select the Best With TimberTech AZEK

Made with the most advanced materials technology for the highest grade of protection, durability, and design.

3.) Capture All the Beauty Of Real Wood — But Nix the Drawbacks

Benefits of composite decking by TimberTech

A concern you may have with using composite deck boards is the possibility of an inorganic, fake look or feel.

Not so with TimberTech decking.

Designed with realistic grain patterns, authentic color blending, and nature-inspired hues, TimberTech composite decking innovates beyond the plastic-y-looking deck material found in competing brands.

Benefits of composite decking TimberTech AZEK

Realistic Grain Patterns

Embrace the textured look of real wood thanks to grain patterns ranging from classic cathedral to uniquely hand-scraped.

Benefits of composite decking by TimberTech AZEK

Authentic Color Blending

Enjoy the nuanced colors you associate with real wood with options including board-to-board color variation.

Benefits of composite decking by TimberTech real wood look

Nature-Inspired Hues

Each of our deck lines is inspired by nature, so you can trust your engineered deck captures all the colors you’d expect in the great outdoors. Plus, you can customize your deck to match your outdoor scenery.

Find Your Real Wood Look

Choose from a variety of realistic grain patterns and rich color options.

4.) Enjoy High-Performance & Durable Decking

Outdoor kitchen area by TimberTech

Wood decks require a lot of maintenance that can not only exhaust your energy, but also your finances. In as little as six months, the original luster of wood boards can fade due to exposure to UV rays, precipitation, and other weathering agents.

By contrast, TimberTech composite deck boards are designed to stay beautiful long after their original installation.


TimberTech AZEK All Weather Decking No Fade After Six Months Weathering

After six months of outdoor weathering, the TimberTech AZEK samples on the lower left and the lower middle, and the TimberTech PRO sample on the lower right, maintain an attractive appearance like their control samples above.

Every TimberTech decking line is engineered to lock in color, defend against erosion, and stay looking and performing great for longer.

Traditional Wood

Traditional Wood Fades After Six Months Weathering

Six months of outdoor weathering can do a lot of damage to traditional wood. These samples (cedar, treated pine, and mahogany) are clearly faded from their original color (upper samples) after being exposed to the elements.

Traditional wood decks — including pressure-treated wood — will fade, crack, cup, or splinter  over time. Even premium hardwoods like Ipe will be noticeably affected by the elements.

Wood deck stains and sealers may be harmful to the environment

The Pain of Stain

Staining your deck might not sound like a huge project — but how about when you have to repeat the whole process every 1 to 3 years?

Add in the eventual need to replace your wood deck, and your deck suddenly goes from “haven” to “have-to.”

Engineered with incredible durability, TimberTech composite deck boards are built to look and stay beautiful year-round with minimal maintenance. Backed by industry-leading warranties, TimberTech decks resist weathering and protect against the durability-reducing culprit — moisture — so you can enjoy an inviting, color-rich deck that is as beautiful as it was the day it was built.

Beauty Backed By Competitive Warranties

We believe a deck should stand the test of time. And we back that up with unprecedented warranties. Of course, when you build the best products, backing them up is easy.

Deck featuring TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection in Weathered Teak with outdoor chairs
azek warranty icons 0010 50 year fade and stain
azek warranty icons 0009 lifetime limited
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Backed by an industry-best Lifetime Limited Product Warranty and our 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty.

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azek warranty icons 0006 30 year fade and stain

Backed by a 30-Year Limited Product Warranty and our 30-Year Fade & Stain Warranty.

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Backed by a 25-Year Limited Product Warranty and our 25-Year Fade & Stain Warranty.

5.) Claim Long-Term Value & Minimize Costs

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The long-term benefits of composite decking often outweigh the cheaper cost of a traditional wood deck.  Initially, the cost of a composite deck can be higher than a wood deck. However, once you factor in the costs for maintenance, re-coloring, re-staining, and repair on a wood deck, a composite deck can offer more long-term savings.

The takeaway: In a matter of years, a composite deck can pay for itself while you enjoy its sustained rich color and minimal maintenance.

Estimated Upfront & Long-Term Costs By Deck Material

NOTE: The estimated average cost of capped polymer deck boards, Ipe hardwood, capped composite deck boards, and pressure-treated lumber decking costs are based on the national average for a 16’ x 20’ deck. Meant for visual representation only. Actual costs may vary. 

Want More Cost Insight?

Plug in your deck specs for an estimate on material cost.

6.) Choose a More Sustainable Decking Product

Sustainable benefits of composite decking

For many years, a wood deck was the only choice if you wanted to design an outdoor getaway. However, this meant that millions of trees were lost to the production and maintenance of wood decks nationwide.

With TimberTech, you can enjoy a beautiful outdoor living space that both looks good and does good.

Sustainability Is at Our Core

TimberTech is dedicated to using recycled materials to make a lasting impact.

  • We diverted approximately 500 million pounds of waste and scrap from landfills in 2021.
  • We have helped save over 3 million trees since 2001.
  • We recycle up to 97% of the water in our facilities.

At TimberTech, we bring sustainable deck materials to life.

Engineered decking is made of recycled materials

We use up to 80% recycled materials in our capped composite decking, with 100% recycled wood and plastic materials in the core of our capped composite lines. In fact, we’ve saved over 1 million trees since 2015 thanks to homeowners like you choosing composite decking over wood.

How Recycled Decking Material Benefits You

Why is sustainability important can increase value and lower maintenance costs

Gives You High-Value, Low-Maintenance Solutions

Our products require no sanding, staining, or sealing for protection. These processes  are costly and can release potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Why is sustainability important durability

Delivers Enduring Beauty

Our decking boasts the nature-inspired colors and grain patterns of real wood, without the fading, staining, and weathering associated with traditional lumber.

Why is sustainability important helps the planet

Helps You First Home, the Planet

Choosing boards made from recycled material means you refrain from contributing to harmful deforestation and instead support a more sustainable future.

Build Your Next Deck With TimberTech

Better than wood benefits of composite decking

There are many benefits to choosing composite decking for your next home build. TimberTech composite decking pays for itself with minimal maintenance, lasting durability, and sustainable impacts. Experience our color-rich boards and find the right grain pattern for your home when you order free samples and connect with a contractor to bring your yard to life.

See & feel the TimberTech advantage

Our capped PVC and capped composite decking lines combine recycled material with all the beauty of traditional wood.

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