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How Long Should My Composite Decking Last?

By June 20, 2024June 21st, 2024Decking, Moistureshield, News, Specialty Products

How Long Do Composite Decks Last

Whether you’re a skilled DIY enthusiast or a professional contractor, understanding composite decking can be invaluable for your next outdoor project. The innovative blend of recycled wood fibers and recycled plastic makes composite decking significantly more durable than natural wood or pressure-treated deck boards. While it’s known for its ability to withstand the elements and time, you might wonder just how long composite decks actually last. With proper maintenance and MoistureShield Solid Core technology, along with our industry-leading warranty, the lifespan may exceed your expectations.

How Long Will My Composite Decking Last?

Composite decking enhances the best features of wood decking, offering superior performance. With proper installation and maintenance following the manufacturer’s guidelines, a composite deck can last up to 30 years or even longer. In comparison, pressure-treated deck boards typically last around nine years, and American hardwoods can last about 20 years but require frequent and costly maintenance.

Unlike natural wood, which is prone to rot, insect damage, and expensive upkeep, our composite decking with Solid Core technology offers exceptional durability. Additionally, we provide a 50-year structural warranty to ensure long-term reliability.

Minimal Maintenance Requirements

Owning a deck involves more than just installation; it requires ongoing maintenance. Wooden decks need deep cleaning every two years and sealing every two to three years to prevent moisture absorption, warping, or cracking. They also have the potential to splinter, necessitating sanding and repairs.

In contrast, composite decks do not require sanding or staining to maintain their appearance. In fact, staining or painting composite decks is unnecessary and not recommended. Instead, you can choose MoistureShield composite decking in a variety of colors to suit your preferences. Keeping a composite deck clean is simple, requiring only a soap-and-water wash, making maintenance nearly effortless.

A Smart Investment for Your Outdoor Space

Pressure-treated wood has the shortest average lifespan among common decking materials. Although it’s initially inexpensive, the ongoing maintenance costs add up over time. Exotic wood lasts longer but still demands frequent upkeep, often requiring professional sanding and staining, which can be expensive.

Composite decking might have a higher initial cost, but with maintenance costs around $50 a year and a potential lifespan of 30 years or more, it offers long-term value and enjoyment. Homes with composite decking also tend to have higher resale values compared to those with wooden decking, potentially allowing homeowners to recoup most of the initial investment when selling their home.

Discover More About MoistureShield

MoistureShield’s Solid Core technology encapsulates wood fibers in durable plastic, featuring DiamondDefense coating to protect against scratches and CoolDeck technology to reduce heat absorption by 35%. As a trusted innovator in composite decking, MoistureShield offers reliable and advanced solutions for your decking needs. Order samples for your next project and contact us today—we’re here to help.