Coast to coast, more and more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of composite decking over traditional wood. Some outdoor living enthusiasts are drawn to the low maintenance and high value of composite decking; for others, the enduring beauty of the color-rich boards wins them over. When it comes to deciding on the right building material for your backyard escape, TimberTech® decking products offer serious advantages — meaning traditional wood and competitors’ products just can’t compete.
Continue reading for a quick refresher on the composite decking category, then check out our top nine benefits of composite decking.
What Is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is the fastest-growing wood decking alternative on the market. Composite deck boards will involve a core and a cap, which makes them resistant to moisture, weathering, and fading. Unlike wood, capped composite and capped polymer boards leverage high-performance recycled materials and innovative technology for protection.
Benefits of Composite Decking
1.) Materials Science That Prevents Weathering, Warping, Splintering, or Fading
TimberTech capped composite and capped polymer deck boards are much less susceptible to the erosion, bleaching, and overall degeneration that traditional wood undergoes when exposed to the great outdoors. Our protective polymer capping and innovative materials science combine to keep colors vibrant, moisture out, and structural integrity intact.
On the left, TimberTech AZEK Vintage Mahogany control. On the right, TimberTech AZEK Vintage Mahogany after six months of weathering.
2.) Industry-Leading Warranties
At TimberTech, we believe in decks that can stand the test of time — that’s why we’re leading the industry in not only gorgeous composite decking products, but our commitment to their premium performance. In fact, we’re so confident in our composite decking that we offer industry-leading warranties, including our industry-best 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty and industry-leading Lifetime Limited Warranty for our TimberTech® AZEK® decking line. Check out the warranties and technology innovation for each of our three lines:
With TimberTech, you can enjoy an inviting, color-rich deck that is just as beautiful decades later as it was on day one.
Backed by an industry-best Lifetime Limited Product Warranty and our 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty.
Backed by a 30-Year Limited Product Warranty and our 30-Year Fade & Stain Warranty.
Backed by a 25-Year Limited Product Warranty and our 25-Year Fade & Stain Warranty.
3.) Protective Capping That Prevents Mold & Mildew
For many homeowners, one of the primary benefits of composite decking is the security provided by the protective caps. Our leading competitor only caps part of the deck board, leaving the composite core open to invasion by mold and mildew. Our TimberTech PRO® decking line is capped on all four sides to offer superior protection against moisture, and even boasts Mold Guard™ Technology to keep mold and moisture damage out. Just look at our scalloped-profile deck board in the Terrain Collection™ — our premium-performance cap extends along every groove, edge, and corner.
A bisection of a Silver Maple scalloped-profile deck board from the Terrain Collection™ of the TimberTech PRO line. Note that the high-performance polymer cap gets in the grooves to banish moisture and protect your investment.
4.) Low Maintenance
Traditional wood decks need to be maintained at least every three years and replaced every 10 to 15 years — a labor-intensive (and costly) process. You will need to power-wash and stain a traditional wood deck as well. When it comes to durability, wood just doesn’t compare to composite decking. TimberTech deck boards never need sanding, staining, or sealing to maintain their gorgeous color. For the removal of dirt, dust, or pollen, these fuss-free product lines need only spot treatment or a light washing with TimberTech® DeckCleaner™.
5.) High Value
Although the initial cost of a composite deck can be higher than that of a wood deck, once you factor in the savings on maintenance (such as staining and replacement expenses), a composite deck can end up paying for itself in a matter of years. The long-term cost savings is another one of the benefits of composite decking.
Costs Over 10 Years
Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. TimberTech AZEK Vintage Collection Boards
The estimated average cost of capped polymer deck boards and Ipe hardwood decking costs are based on the national average for a 16’ x 20’ deck. Meant for visual representation only. Actual costs may vary.
6.) Aesthetic Variety That Doesn’t Sacrifice Performance
Traditional wood has different hardness rankings and responds to its environment differently based on the species of lumber used. That means that you may have to sacrifice the look you want to account for the softness and/or variability of the material. Not so with TimberTech — one of the many benefits of composite decking is the option to let your unique style shine through without having to worry about performance or limitation. With TimberTech, design’s the limit.
7.) All the Beauty of Traditional Wood
The three lines in our decking portfolio — TimberTech AZEK, TimberTech PRO, and TimberTech EDGE™ — offer a variety of grain patterns and color options to capture all the nuanced beauty of traditional wood, but without the wear and tear. Wood grains range from cathedral and straight patterns to dual-embossed wood grains to hand-scraped and infinitely variable finishes. Colors can be monochromatic in nature — for homeowners looking for an opaque or painted wood finish — or color-blended for a realistic look that’s just as beautiful when seen up close as it is from afar.
No, seriously — check out this example:
8.) Saves You Time and Labor
Another one of the benefits of composite decking is that it requires no hands-and-knees scrubbing, staining, or regular replacement. Owners of traditional wood decks don’t only get an outdoor living space when they build with wood — they’re also saddled with a labor-intensive, costly project that returns every so many years. At TimberTech, we believe you should spend your time enjoying your deck, not maintaining it.
9.) Sustainable Decking
At TimberTech, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. We use up to 80% recycled material in our capped composite decking, with 100% recycled wood and plastic materials in the core of our capped composites. We’ve never felled a single tree in the course of making our environmentally-friendly decking products; in fact, because homeowners chose TimberTech over wood, we saved more than 1 million trees since 2015. Here are some additional ways we’re keeping the planet just as beautiful as your outdoor living space:
- We diverted approximately 290 million pounds of waste and scrap from landfills in 2019.
- We reuse 98% of our internal scrap.
- Approximately 54% of all extruded materials are expected to be from recycled material in 2020, up from approximately 44% in 2019.
- We reuse hundreds of gallons of water each day with our closed-loop water filtration system, recycling up to 96% of water annually.