Composite or Wood Decking—How to Make the Right Choice?
For many homeowners or residential developers, incorporating an outdoor deck into a space is always ideal, especially when it comes to elevating the stylistic appeal of the property. However, while embarking on the venture of installing these outdoor decks, a crucial decision has to be made—the type of decking to use. Of the various decking options available in the market today, traditional wood and composite decking are often considered.
But which of these options will deliver in terms of durability, longevity and aesthetics? In the battle of wood vs wood plastic composite (WPC) decking, we have put together an in-depth comparison so that you can easily make the best choice for your outdoor space.
Understanding Traditional Wood Decking
When it comes to adding opulence, warmth and natural textures to any space, natural wood is the ultimate go-to. As such, it is common to see natural wood used for outdoor decking due to its inherent “straight from nature” look. But beyond the alluring aesthetic of a specific material, a lot more properties need to be factored in when picking the best-fit option for your deck. Outlined below are a few advantages and disadvantages of using wood decking.
Pros of Traditional Wood Decks
- Cost Effective
Natural wood is the most economical choice for decking, although it is important to note that prices may vary depending on the wood species that you plan on choosing.
The most important advantage of wood decking is, at the end of its lifespan, it can be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner and can also be recycled.
- The Natural Look
Nothing can beat the beauty of wood decks. A classic choice that comes in many varieties, wood decking is mostly preferred due to its naturally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing look.
- High Maintenance
To ensure the longevity of outdoor wood decking, you need to paint, stain or seal the deck every two to three years. This has to be done to maintain the subtle vibrant hues of the wood and to safeguard it from the drastic weather conditions in Singapore. Without proper maintenance, they are bound to lose their natural beauty that they are mainly revered for.
Wood deck can easily absorb water, making it vulnerable to warping, cracking, rotting and splitting, especially in the absence of regular maintenance. Hence, they are not ideal for installation in areas exposed to high amounts of moisture and humidity, which is a huge concern due to the tropical climate in Singapore.
- Not Splinter Free
Unlike composite decking, most wood decking will splinter unless sanding is done frequently. Add to that the top-down installation method commonly used, and the screws that might be exposed over time. You’ll need to be extra careful while walking barefoot on a natural wood deck.
What Makes Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) Decking the Ultimate Choice?
Wood Plastic Composite decking, also known as composite wood decking, is one popular alternative to wood decking. With wood-like finishing, WPC decking is made with a blend of wood compound and plastic. Made with good quality recycled materials, modern technology and new manufacturing capabilities, WPC decking seamlessly triumphs over traditional wood options.
Why Choose Tulou’s Composite Wood Decking?
- Easy to Maintain
WPC is hailed by homeowners as it requires very little maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about cracking, wrapping, varnishing, sealing, or staining, which is inescapable in wood decking. With easy cleaning methods, you can spend more time enjoying your deck rather than maintaining it. A simple cleaning procedure that involves the basic tools will suffice.
WPC composite decking comprises plastic that adds to its durability and makes it resistant to corrosion, fading, staining, and scratching. Unlike wood decks, WPC keeps a check on mildew and algae growth that could affect your deck’s lifespan. With a protective cap layer, our WPC decks have higher slip resistance, and better stain and scratch resistance, making them long-lasting.
- Termite and Weather Resistant
The WPC deck is a combination of the beauty of wood and durable synthetic materials. It is devoid of cellulose and contains no other chemicals that can attract termites. Furthermore, WPC decking has the ability to withstand the changing weather conditions in Singapore. Due to the use of high quality raw materials blended with UV-inhibiting pigments, Tulou’s decks minimise heat build-up and fading.
Installing wood plastic composite decking ensures savings when it comes to regular maintenance costs. This is because it will not crack, rot or wrap quickly and will prove more fruitful and easy-going in the long run.
Due to its high moisture absorbance, it is not advised to opt for natural wood decking for your pool, as it tends to swell and warp when exposed to water. WPC is often the best bet for your poolside since Tulou uses aluminium support runners, unlike a wood deck with natural timber support runners that may easily result in dry rot when exposed to water.
WPC Composite Decks at Tulou - The Choice is Yours
Choosing the right decking material largely depends on the location you plan on installing the deck, your budget, and your personal preferences.
But, even though natural wood decking has its share of lovers, it is clear that composite decking has taken the world by storm for multiple reasons.
If you are confused about choosing the suitable composite decking material for your property or project, Tulou has got you covered. With a wide range of nature-inspired options to choose from, as well as being the only company in Singapore that carries premium American composite timber products from Timbertech, the leading composite timber decking company in the USA, we work to provide our clients with their dream deck.
With 4-sided capped composite products, aluminium support substructure and hidden clips installation method, Tulou ensures the mitigation of common issues associated with natural wood decks. Contact us today to discover more of our eco-friendly decking options or get a quote.