How Long Do Decks Usually Last? | Best Rate
When considering a new deck, many homeowners wonder what the deck’s lifespan may be. A new deck is an investment, so it’s understandable that you want to know how long the investment in your outdoor space will last… but the longevity of your wood deck or composite deck all depends on the type of used material.
To answer this question, let’s take a look at the two most popular decking materials: wood and composite.
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How long will your wooden terrace last? In general, wood decks will last about 10 to 15 years, but some can last much, much longer. It all depends on the wood quality, the climate your patio is in and how diligent a homeowner is with maintenance. It’s hard to compete with the natural warmth and appeal of organic materials, but we won’t lie: Wood decking requires a lot from TLC.
To ensure you protect your investment, wash, stain and seal your natural patio surface regularly every one to two years (and more often if you live in an area prone to storms, rain or extreme sun and fluctuating temperatures) .
Traditional wood decking materials commonly include pressure-treated wood (usually yellow pine), softwoods such as cedar and redwood, and exotic woods such as mahogany and teak.
This is how they stack up:
- Pressure treated pine (lifespan ~10-15+). A pressure-treated patio usually contains decking infused with chemicals that repel incest damage and rainwater, which can help extend the life of the patio. To extend the life of your pressure-treated wood and prevent rotting, apply water-repellent sealants annually and remove mold or mildew at the first sign of growth.
- Softwood (lifespan ~10 years). Softwood decks are cheaper than other woods. These decking are also made from faster-growing trees, so they are more environmentally friendly than hardwood decking. Woods such as cedar and redwood are somewhat more naturally resistant to rot and insect damage due to the naturally occurring oils found in these species. But softwoods are not as hardy compared to their aptly named “hardwood” cousins and need a lot. more regular maintenance. To keep this type of wood deck snuff, you need to clean it and apply sealer at least twice a year.
- Hardwood (lifespan ~30+ years). These woods are extremely dense and much more durable compared to pressure treated and soft woods. These woods require more minimal maintenance, and with proper maintenance, most homeowners can enjoy them for decades.
Composite is incredibly resistant to fading, degradation and general wear and tear of wood decking materials. In a nutshell… artificial decking means shorter “honey-do” lists that free up time and energy for the fun things in life. Most professionals consider composite decking to be the best decking material of all, and as a rule, composite decking has a lifespan of about 25 to 30 years (and longer) with good, if little, maintenance.
Here’s how these two popular composite materials
- Trex. This is an eco-friendly option made almost entirely from recycled plastic and other materials (95%). These materials are also carefully processed to ensure that you receive only the highest level of quality and performance. Most professionals agree that this type of decking outperforms wood and requires much less maintenance, reducing costs over time and helping the environment!
- fiberon. Another sustainable option! Fiberon boards may be synthetic, but they can fool you. The warm tones and grain patterns mimic those of real hardwood, just without the fading, warping and rotting you get with real wood.
With regular cleaning, you probably never need to replace your composite decking — which is great if you want to spend your dollars on other projects in your outdoor space. But compared to wood decking, it’s much, much more expensive up front. The good news is that composite decking often comes with a stain warranty and most decking companies offer financing options. It’s also versatile, meaning the material can be a great option for other outdoor projects, including pool and hot tub decks, balconies, arches, walls, and other features.
Not sure yet which type of deck suits you best? Give us a call today and our experts can go through all the decking options and help you find a solution that best suits your budget and your long-term needs. Best Rate Repair will make you feel confident in your new deck!