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Decking

Average Cost of Composite Deck Boards vs. Wood

January 17 2020
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Installing a deck is a major investment — one you hope will be around for years to come. When it comes to durability and longevity, composite decks dominate hardwood options. So, if you’re deciding based on performance, it’s a no brainer, right? Well, the short answer is a resounding “yes.” But, there are typically more factors to consider — like costs. There’s a common misconception that the average cost of composite deck boards is much higher than that of wood, which drives some homeowners to stick with the status quo and go with lumber.   

Under scrutiny, however, the idea that composite decks (whether built from capped polymer or capped composite boards) are more expensive than wood wears down faster than lumber during monsoon season.

As far as initial investments go, the average cost of composite deck boards is very competitive — and often lower — than that of wood. And composite decks don’t require regular maintenance like hardwood, which means you won’t incur costs from staining the boards every few years. Plus, with a composite deck, you’ll enjoy high levels of performance, extended warranties, and other benefits that wood decks just can’t compete with.

Here’s a look at the true value that composite decking delivers over hardwood for both entry-level and premium deck boards.

Entry-Level Decking: TimberTech® EDGE™ Prime vs. Pressure-Treated Lumber

The Perception

Composite decking, even at entry-level, is far more expensive than installing an average wood deck.

The Reality

In terms of upfront expenses, TimberTech EDGE Prime decking is only slightly more costly than pressure-treated lumber. And, because pressure-treated lumber requires regular maintenance like staining, any savings earned from hardwood will be squandered in as little as three years.

The Breakdown

Our entry-level decking collection — EDGE Prime — makes for a cost-effective and performance-enhancing upgrade over pressure-treated wood decks. In terms of upfront costs, TimberTech EDGE Prime decking costs slightly more than pressure-treated lumber, but you’ll save money in the long-run since it doesn’t require the costly and laborious annual maintenance that comes with wood decking.

Upfront Cost to Build a Deck

Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards

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The estimated average cost of 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.

As the numbers show, the initial average cost of composite deck boards in the TimberTech EDGE Prime Collection is only 5% more than a pressure-treated deck.

And, what do you get for that extra $450 or so? Plenty.

More to Love with TimberTech EDGE Decking

Hassle-Free Decking

TimberTech EDGE decking requires little to no maintenance and is backed by a 25-Year Limited Product Warranty. Traditional wood decks, on the other hand, need to be maintained at least every three years and replaced every 10-15 years.

Long-Lasting Quality

With TimberTech EDGE decking, you can expect consistent, beautiful coloring in the long run. Conversely, pressure-treated lumber will show inconsistent coloring and quality over time, even when properly maintained.

Environmentally-Friendly Materials

Building a beautiful deck doesn’t have to require cutting down a bunch of trees. We use only recycled wood combined with up to 80% recycled material in our TimberTech EDGE Prime boards to create a product that’s as easy on the environment as it is on the eyes.

Worry-Free Surfaces

With worry-free TimberTech decking, splinters in your bare feet or your pet’s paws are a thing of the past. TimberTech offers a beautiful finished look without unsightly nail heads. Using hidden fasteners allows for a clean finish and smooth surface.

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Long-Term Investment: EDGE Prime vs. Pressure-Treated Lumber

So, we’ve looked at the initial costs, but what about the lifetime value of these decking options? Compared to pressure-treated lumber, you start saving money with TimberTech EDGE Prime decking after 3 years of ownership due to lumber’s regular maintenance costs. And, over 10 years, the total cost of building and maintaining a TimberTech EDGE Prime deck is up to 16% less than you'd spend on pressure-treated lumber.

Cost Over 10 Years

Pressure-Treated Lumber vs. EDGE Prime Boards

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The estimated average cost of 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.

TimberTech EDGE Prime

If you’re looking for a high-quality, cost-effective line of deck boards, then you’ve come to the right place. Order free samples to see — and feel — the EDGE difference.

Premium Decking: TimberTech AZEK Vintage vs. Ipe Hardwood

The Perception

Premium composite decking is more expensive upfront than premium hardwood decking.

The Reality

The upfront average cost of composite deck boards is actually roughly the same when you compare installing Ipe premium hardwood and TimberTech AZEK Vintage decking.

The Breakdown

If you’re looking for a premium outdoor living space, ditch the status quo of hardwoods and take a look at the Vintage Collection from TimberTech AZEK. Vintage decking costs less than premium hardwoods like Ipe and has multiple added benefits.

Upfront Costs to Build a Deck

Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards

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The estimated average cost of 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.

Oh, and those added benefits we mentioned? Yeah, they push Vintage decking even further ahead of Ipe.

More to Love with TimberTech AZEK Decking

Hassle-Free Decking

TimberTech AZEK deck boards require little to no maintenance and are backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Limited Warranty. Conversely, Ipe premium hardwood requires maintenance at least every two years and does not have a warranty.

Industry-Leading Warranties

Backed by a 50-Year Fade & Stain Warranty, TimberTech AZEK decking colors and grain patterns will look great initially — and will maintain those good looks for decades. No need to worry about the unpredictable timing of the natural weathering that occurs with Ipe wood.

Environmentally-Friendly Materials

Premium hardwoods such as Ipe are not sustainably sourced and are destroying the rainforest. No trees are felled to produce TimberTech AZEK decking. They are a sustainable option, using up to 54% recycled material in every board, which means we're not only saving trees but preventing waste from going to landfills.

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Lifetime Average Costs of Composite Deck Boards

Chances are, you’re going to want to keep your new deck for a while, right? Over time, the benefits of choosing the Vintage collection over Ipe continue to add up. With Vintage boards, the total cost of building and maintaining your deck is up to 24% less after 10 years.

Costs Over 10 Years

Ipe Premium Hardwood vs. AZEK Vintage Boards

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The estimated average cost of composite deck boards and pressure-treated lumber decking costs are based on the national average for a 16’ x 20’ deck over a 10 period. Meant for visual representation only. Actual costs may vary.

Wood decks are a thing of the past. Go Against the Grain™ and choose the cutting-edge technology, world-class quality, and lifetime value of TimberTech composite decking.

TimberTech AZEK Vintage

Do Decking Differently™ with the design versatility offered by TimberTech AZEK decking. With multi-width boards and the ability to be heat-bent into beautiful curves, TimberTech AZEK decking only has one limit: your imagination.