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Benefits of Capped Polymer and Composite vs. Wood

July 31 2018

The right deck starts with choosing the right materials. Learn about the advantages of capped polymer and composite decking — and why they’re leaving natural wood in the dust.

Out With The Old In With The New

Once upon a time, wood was the go-to for all decking projects. That's because nothing better existed. Today, more and more homeowners and contractors are choosing highly engineered non-wood options: capped polymer and capped composite. Here are some helpful facts, so you know more about capped polymer and capped composite and why wood is yesterday's news.

What's Wrong With Wood?

The main problem with natural wood is its lasting power. To maintain its beauty and form, pressure-treated wood decks require routine maintenance. Otherwise, they will splinter, warp, or cup within the first few years. Wood decks must be re-stained every two or three years, and then replaced after 10-15 years. Bottom line, pressure treated decks result in more labor for you.


The Capped Polymer/Capped Composite Story

Thankfully, consumers and contractors have new and improved decking options today. Capped polymer and capped composite decking materials strongly resemble the natural look of wood, but don't require the necessary maintenance. Both have many excellent qualities and benefits. They also come in a variety of price points and aesthetics that, when combined with their low maintenance and longevity, will ultimately save money.


Your Decking Decision

You can't go wrong with either non-wood decking option. Both TimberTech AZEK capped polymer decking and TimberTech PRO & TimberTech EDGE capped composite decking come in a variety of color and texture options – and are backed by industry-leading warranties. They won't splinter, crack, rot, or warp. Plus, they're resistant to mold, mildew and moisture damage.

Most importantly, they're low maintenance. After all, you want to enjoy your deck. Not continuously maintain it.