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Wood vs. Composite Deck Installation

Installing a new deck or replacing an existing structure can be a large and potentially stressful project. You have many things to consider, from the space where your deck will sit to the architectural elements of your home. There are also many design elements like the type of material, texture, and color of the deck that can affect the appearance and life of your deck. These options can be difficult to choose between, that’s why you should contact a trusted professional at Groff Landscape Design to walk you through what’s best for you and your deck construction in Vienna, VA. Below we describe the differences between natural wood and composite materials:

Natural Wood Decking

Wood continues to be the most widely used and preferred material for constructing outdoor projects. One of the main reasons so many people choose natural wood is due to its cheap cost and authenticity. Real wood planks have a particular smell and echo, they also naturally retain warmth from the sun. However, you must carefully treat wood to handle the outdoor elements to prevent chipping or splitting of your wood. There are also many ways you can customize the wood to be any color or stain, it can even be matched to blend with your surrounding nature depending on the wood’s availability. However, the biggest downside of using natural wood is that it contributes to deforestation.

Composite Decking

Composite decking involves blending various wood chips, recycled plastic, bamboo, and other raw materials to create a natural wood look. This option is environmentally friendly while still having a realistic texture and appearance of wood. They also come in a wide color palette available to match various wood types. While composite decking materials are usually more expensive, you can save on long-term maintenance costs because they are easier to maintain and last longer. The planks can withstand the outdoor elements and normal wear and tear over time. However, when the planks are damaged, they will have to be fully replaced.

Trust Our Professionals at Groff Landscape Design With Your Custom Deck Construction Project

The various advantages and disadvantages of wood and composite decking is a lot to consider when choosing what’s best for your deck. Let the professionals at Groff Landscape Design help with your custom deck construction. At Groff Landscape Design, we consider all the options and possibilities when it comes to assisting you in creating your dream deck. Our team of highly experienced technicians and designers make this possible through our expertise in materials, design, and construction. No matter which material you choose, Groff Landscape Design can enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Contact our team at (703)-999-8225 to speak to an expert about picking the best decking material to fit your needs and transform your home!