Wood and Composite Decking in Maryland and DC
Chevy Chase Exteriors can resurface your deck with either composite or wood boards in Montgomery County, Maryland and Northwest DC. Both composite and wood decks have their advantages and disadvantages and it is important to know the pros and cons of each in order to make an informed decision.
Composite decking is made from recycled plastic and recycled wood.
Pros for Composite Decking in Maryland and DC
Because no new trees are cut down and plastic is kept out of the landfill, composite is a great choice for the environment.
Rather than worrying about sealing and staining on a routine basis, composite decks just need to be cleaned with mild cleaner once a year and swept on a regular basis.
Composite decks are more resistant to mold and rot than wood decks, a definite plus when in a climate such as Maryland or DC.
Because composite doesn’t splinter, it is safe to walk on barefoot.
The upfront cost of a composite deck is significantly more than that of a wood deck, though over the lifetime of the deck it is likely to average out about the same from save costs in maintenance.
No Changing Color
The color you pick when the decking is installed cannot be changed down the road. This is in contrast to a wood deck where the stain or paint color can be changed periodically.
Wood is another popular decking material in the Maryland and DC area.
Wood offers a traditional and classic look to a deck.
The upfront cost of wood is significantly lower than that of composite.
Whatever color you want you can have. And you can change your mind in a few years too. (Although this is much harder if you’ve painted the deck rather than stained it).
Wood decks require regular staining and sealing in order to keep the wet out–a definite concern in the Maryland and D.C. area.