Composite deck lumber is good stuff, it’s getting better and it’s getting more popular. Made by dozens of different companies, composites are the most popular type of synthetic deck lumber right now. Composites get their name from the combination of wood fibres and plastic used to make them, though 100% plastic deck lumber exists, too. That’s why the proper blanket term is “synthetics”. Either way, the idea is to deliver a no-finish, no-rot deck surface that continues to look terrific over the years with minimal care. I’ve worked with synthetic deck lumber since 2001 and I use it whenever I can today. Higher prices than wood usually scare people away from composites, but this fear isn’t justified.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of building composite decks, beginning with the people side of things.
Tip#1: Educate Your Clients
Ultimately, composite deck lumber is all about making clients happier,
and that’s where a story I hear often comes in. A homeowner gets a new
wooden deck and is pleased with the result, but not for long. After a
couple of years, the homeowner grows weary of failing wood deck finishes
and resents the maintenance that refinishing demands. This is when
regret kicks in. The money they saved going with wood never makes them
feel better, either.
Financially speaking, the higher price tag of composites pays off with
freedom from refinishing costs and freedom of the annoyance of a ratty
wooden deck that should have been refinished last year. Synthetic decks
still need to be cleaned, but the required maintenance is far less than