Why Avoid Hardwood Decking?

If you’re thinking about building a custom deck in Omaha, you’re going to be faced with a choice – hardwood decking or composite decking? In the past, hardwood decking materials were the only option, and they did a good job when properly maintained. But today’s technology has given deck buyers an alternative with composite decking, and with continual innovation over the years, it’s now far surpassed the benefits of hardwood decking in all categories.

Hardwood Vs. Composite Decking

Many homeowners choose hardwood decking because it sounds familiar and is easy to find. What they’re not aware of is the wood decking problems like splinters, staining, rot issues, hours of maintenance, and high cost. Homeowners who are not familiar with composite decking and all of the innovations it’s undergone since it first emerged over 30 years ago are afraid composite decking will not look as nice as wood. Let’s take an in-depth look and see how today’s composite decking compares to wood decking. 

How do they Look?

It’s true that early-generation composite decking looked artificial and plastic-like. But today’s composites are nearly indistinguishable from wood decks, and many argue much more beautiful. They have grain patterns, so no two boards are alike. They can mimic any hardwood on the market in appearance and do a lot more when it comes to getting the exact pattern, color, and finish.

Moisture Factor

One of the biggest problems with natural hardwood decking is that boards absorb water. Without frequent applications of stains, sealers, or paint, wood decking will warp, splinter, crack, and rot. Composite decking, on the other hand, is fully moisture-resistant, eliminating the need for repeated sealing applications and can be installed in high moisture conditions with no issues.

Maintenance

To extend the life of a wood deck, homeowners are tasked with regularly painting and staining to keep the deck sealed from moisture, as noted above. It’s a battle that continues for the lifespan of the entire deck. A composite deck only requires sweeping and an occasional wash to keep the boards looking new.

Insect Damage

Insects love natural hardwoods. Termites and other wood loving insects can do a number on a natural hardwood deck and render it unusable or fill it with unsightly holes in little time. Composite decks are insect-proof – you’ll never have insect damage with a composite deck.

Final Breakdown  

  • Appearance – Hardwood timber fades over time. Composite has the beauty of natural wood with high-performance durability.
  • Moisture – Hardwood doesn’t hold up well with water lots of water contact. Composite can be installed with water contact and is moisture-proof.
  • Maintenance – Hardwood requires 16-32 hours of cleaning, painting, and staining per year. Composite requires 2-4 hours per year.
  • Durability – Hardwood decking is susceptible to rot, splintering, warping, and termite damage. Composite resists rot, warping, splintering, and termite damage.
  • Price – Hardwood decks have a lower initial cost, but it varies depending on wood species. Composite has a higher upfront cost, but a much longer lifetime.

Go Green with Trex Decking

The Trex brand name is a recognized leader among custom deck builders. What a lot of people don’t know is that Trex offers eco-friendly decking that’s made of 95% recycled products. After building custom decks in Omaha for 40 years, we’ve seen a lot of innovations in the deck materials industry, and we’re not surprised Trex is leading the pack with their green decking lineup. Trex offers consumers a truly environmentally responsible choice with their decks. Let’s take a closer look at why these decks are considered green.

Why a Trex Composite Deck is Considered Green

It’s all in the ingredients. A Trex composite deck is made of locally sourced reclaimed wood and recycled plastic. The wood used in Trex decking would otherwise end up in a landfill if it didn’t become a Trex high-performance composite deck. The plastic is sourced from some of the most common plastic waste like sandwich bags, dry cleaner bags, and grocery shopping bags. The average 500 square foot composite Trex deck contains 140,000 recycled plastic bags! Trex is one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the United States.

Trex Recycling Facts

In comparison with pressure-treated lumber over a 25-year period, the positive environmental impact of Trex decking is amazing.

  • 36% Fewer Greenhouse Emissions
  • 47% Fewer Toxic Air Pollutants
  • 84% Less Acidification
  • 80% Less Water Contamination
  • 53% Less Smog
  • 93% Less Ecological Toxicity

 The Trex Sustainable Supply Chain

Trex takes an active role to ensure its supply vendors operate with ethical and responsible business practices. 95% of Trex suppliers are U.S. based. Trex conducts supply chain assessments, including in-person reviews, operating facility tours, and works with suppliers to reduce the environmental impact across the supply chain.

The Trex Production Process

The Trex manufacturing process is just as green as its final product. Their processing method eliminates the use of smoke stacks. Nearly 100% of factory runoff and refuse is recycled back into the manufacturing line. Here’s an overview of the process of creating a Trex deck. 

  1. Sawdust and plastic film are purchased
  2. Plastic film is cleaned and ground into granules
  3. Plastic film and sawdust are combined and heated
  4. Mixture is mixed to a soft, pliable consistency
  5. Mixture is formed into boards using profile dies
  6. Boards are cooled and cut to length
  7. Boards are inspected by quality control for defects, strengths, and color accuracy
  8. Finished boards are wrapped and shipped    

Trex has never cut a single tree in the making of their high-performance composite decking!

Ready to Go Green in 2020?

 If you’ve been thinking about a custom deck for your home in 2020, you can’t go wrong with Trex. Not only are they leading the composite deck industry in sustainability, but they also make some of the most high-quality, long-lasting composite decking materials on the market. The customization from color, texture, and board size ensures you get a truly one of a kind deck that will last for years – if not decades.

Deckorators Composite Decking

Go beyond ordinary with Deckorators composite decking. Deckorators is one of the composite decking industry leaders. They offer a high-quality product and a vast line of colors and styles for your custom deck. After all the years we’ve spent deck building in Omaha and surrounding areas the Deckorators brand as emerged as one of our most recommended. Let’s take a look at the different types of low maintenance composite decking they offer and find out which one is right for your home.

Voyage Decking

Deckorators is known for its water and ground friendly decks. Voyage decking can be installed in or in contact with the ground or water. The deck absorbs no moisture. It will not splinter, sag, chalk, or crack. It’s finished with a stain and fade-resistant cap stock. Deckorators Voyage Decking features vertical grain deck boards that are designed with textured embossing for enhanced traction. Get your Voyage Decking in one of  four beautiful finishes:

  • Costa
  • Mesa
  • Sierra
  • Tundra

Vault Decking

Deckorators’ Vault family is made with patented Eovations technology, which provides the industry’s best strength-to-weight ratio. This technology allows the decking to have virtually no thermal expansion or contraction. It makes for a powerful and stable deck that absorbs no moisture. The Deckorators Vault Deck is similar to the Voyage Decking, but without the enhanced traction. It’s still a great deck that can be installed on ground or water surfaces. Colors for the Vault Decking lineup include: 

  • Dusk
  • Mesquite
  • Hickory

Frontier Decking

The Frontier family is a non-variegated deck board for those looking for a more traditional look for their outdoor living space. Like Voyage and Vault, Frontier is also made with Eovation technology providing superior strength to weight ratio and is rated for water and ground surfaces. The lightweight boards are easy to handle and make a great option around pools, spas, or decks. They never splinter, sag, chalk, or crack so you never need to worry about walking around with bare feet. Color chooses for the Deckorators Frontier family include:

  • Summit
  • Woodland
  • Prairie

Heritage & Vista  Decking

The most popular lines within Deckorators are Heritage and Vista. These lines include the top-selling colors of:

  • Ironwood
  • Smokehouse
  • Riverhouse
  • Ciderhouse

Ready for Your Deckorators Low Maintenance Deck?

You can’t go wrong with a Deckorators custom deck. Deckorators offers a few more families of decks not covered in this article. They also provide premium deck railing that comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. If you have questions, give us a call. If you want to see what Deckorators decks look like in person stop by our showroom. We’d love to help you see what is possible with a custom-built low maintenance deck.