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How TimberTech Delivers Easy Maintenance for Composite Decking

July 13, 2021
Maintenance for composite decking means minimal upkeep

When it comes to deck maintenance, not all deck materials are created equal. Traditional wood, one of the most common deck materials, will require the most maintenance over the deck’s lifespan. Maintenance for composite decking, on the other hand? Requires minimal maintenance.

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While no decking material is truly maintenance free, TimberTech® composite decking delivers a low-maintenance outdoor living experience that saves you on long-term costs, time, and stress.

Maintenance for Composite Decking vs Wood

When you think of deck maintenance for a traditional wood deck, you likely think in terms of three categories:

  • Cleaning
  • Staining
  • Deck board replacement

Between traditional wood vs composite decking, these categories look wildly different. Explore each category in terms of pressure-treated wood decking and composite decking to discover how you can improve your life with low-maintenance decking from TimberTech.


Maintenance for composite decking requires easy cleaning

Cleaning is necessary for every deck — regardless of the type of material used. However, there are some stark differences in labor when it comes to maintenance for composite decking vs wood.

Cleaning for Traditional Wood Decking: Difficult & Time-Consuming

Cleaning a wood deck is essential to ensuring the surface remains clear of organic material, the accumulation of which can cause faster deterioration of the boards.

Traditional wood deck maintenance requires extensive work

Cleaning a Wood Deck Involves

Cleaning for Composite Decking: Simple & Straightforward

Thanks to their protective capping, organic debris like dirt and leaves won’t affect TimberTech deck boards the same way they affect wood. But it’s still important to keep your deck looking its best.

Maintenance for composite decking involves brushing the surface with deck cleaner

IMPORTANT: Be sure to closely review the Care & Cleaning Guide for your chosen decking line for cleaning best practices. LEARN MORE


Maintenance for composite decking doesn't require staining

Staining is a well-known requirement for traditional wood decks. It keeps the wood richly hued, while also offering a (comparatively small) level of protection from the elements.

Maintenance for composite decking, however, requires no staining for protection.  

Staining for Wood Decking: An Annual Affair

With no protection from the elements, traditional wood is completely vulnerable to weathering agents like UV rays, rain, snow, and more, all of which contribute to discoloration in the boards.

What this means for you is annual — and sometimes more frequent — staining to keep up your deck’s appearance.

Wood deck staining is more than just a taxing endeavor, it also comes with other less-than-ideal realities:

Traditional wood decking will fade without regular staining
  • Mistakes are easy to make Lap marks can leave your surface blotchy, meaning you’ll have to strip the stain and start again.

Then, after you’re done staining, there’s more work ahead. You’ll need to seal the deck to protect all your hard work, doubling your labor, while only offering minimal protection that won’t last long.

And that’s not all…

The Environmental Cost of Staining & Sealing

Many wood deck stains and sealers emit potentially harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are unhealthy for you and your family to breathe and which can leech into the ground below your home.

Plus, some of these compounds can affect plants and wildlife around your deck, causing environmental harm.

Wood deck stains and sealers may be harmful to the environment

Staining for Composite Decking: Never Needed

Put the labor and costs of staining a deck behind you for good with TimberTech composite decking.

Richly-hued composite decking doesn't fade like wood

Richly-Hued Decking That Endures

Our deck boards are designed with rich, nature-inspired hues designed to endure — so you can keep the money you would normally spend on staining.

Plus, with Fade & Stain Warranties for up to 50 years*, you’ll confidently enjoy a gorgeous deck for years to come — no staining required.

*Our TimberTech AZEK® decking line offers a 50-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty, as well as a Lifetime Limited Product Warranty.

Deck Board Replacement

Maintenance for composite decking doesn't often require board replacement

Replacing deck boards is no easy task. It requires the proper tools, know-how of joist spacing and blocking, as well as a significant time commitment.

Luckily, maintenance for composite decking doesn’t often require board replacement, thanks to the decking’s superior durability as compared to wood.

Traditional wood decks, however, will inevitably need replacing at some point due to deteriorate from rotting, splitting, cupping, or other failures.  

Deck Board Replacement for Wood Decking: A Given

For a wood deck, deck board replacement is a question of “when” not “if.”

A Wood Deck Owner Should Prepare For

Keep in mind that the substructure of a composite deck is also often made of traditional wood, so completing an annual substructure will be key.

Deck Board Replacement for TimberTech Decking: Unlikely

TimberTech capped polymer and capped composite decking is designed with exceptional durability that keeps it structurally secure and enduringly beautiful year after year.

Maintenance for composite decking doesn't often doesn't require deck repairs

TimberTech Decking Gives You

  • Industry-leading product warranties, so you can have confidence in your deck’s performance for decades to come.
  • Exceptional longevity – Our decking is protected with synthetic caps, so you enjoy a significantly longer deck lifespan — and less upkeep — than traditional wood. 

Maintenance for Composite Decking vs Wood: The Winner Is Clear

Maintenance for composite decking is minimal compared to wood

Maintenance for composite decking is minimal compared with the difficult, costly, and tedious labor required of a traditional wood deck. If you long for an outdoor living space that brings you more joy than headaches, choose TimberTech composite decking.

So, are you ready to transition to low-maintenance outdoor living with TimberTech decking?

Start your new beginning by ordering up to four free samples of your favorite colors. Make sure to examine each sample in different lighting to decide if it’s the perfect fit for your outdoor space — and don’t worry: you can leave them out in the rain.

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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