Composite decking: how much does it really cost?

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When deciding to upgrade your deck to composite decking, the initial cost can sometimes be hard to justify. You know it is an eco-friendly option that is long lasting compared to a wooden deck, but you also know it’s expensive to install a quality WPC deck at $3.50 and $6.00 per a third of a metre. Timber for pressure-treated wood for a more traditional deck will only cost you around $5.00 – $7.00 per 2.5 metre board. Directly comparing these material costs don’t give insight into the whole story.

On average, a deck usually measures around 37 sq. mt. If we estimate the cost of pine boards for approximately 6 x 6 metres of decking, the total would be roughly $3000. For high-quality composite decking, the material would cost closer to $5,600. What erases this price difference is that just after 2-3 years of maintenance, the composite decking will come out on the cheaper end than a traditional wooden deck.

When outputting money on your home, no one wants to spend more than they have to. There are several contributing factors when purchasing any product that contributes to the total costs. When uncovering the ‘hidden costs’, buying a higher-priced item that is of a higher quality begins to make sense.

This next example will help provide further perspective.

Warning: The Cheaper Option Can Cost More Over Time

It can seem frivolous to purchase a reliable, high-quality and well-maintained vehicle at first. If you were to research online, you would reveal many cars that are already on sale for much less than the initial output. Why would you spend $8000 on a car when you can easily spend less on another vehicle?

Long-term value and the total cost of ownership measures the total amount of time and money that will be spent on something while you own it. This can be the same for when comparing how much composite decking and wood costs.

Initially, traditional wooden deck lumber and installation will cost less, to keep it performing well and looking good it will need constant maintenance and attention and is where further financial output is required. Whether you hire someone or do the work yourself, the costs continue to add up year by year.

Yearly Sealing Costs

Wood for decking is susceptible to the damage of moisture. It is naturally absorbent meaning that water is likely to seep into it. Problems can arise from this, such as mould and mildew on the surface, and more structural damage as a result of rot. Preventative measures are best in this case which means sealing your deck with paint or stain every few years – this costs money. Money output includes time labour and materials, whether you do it yourself or find a contractor.

It is estimated that decking owners spend on average $761 a year on deck maintenance – including prepping, sanding and staining. Even if renting the tools, and the DIY homeowner does the job themselves, it is labour intensive and can take as long as a couple of days to complete.

From this, you can see that after a couple of years, the costs associated with maintaining a low-cost wooden deck begins to creep toward what you would have paid for composite decking. Additionally, there is less maintenance and further financial output, only requiring sweeping, and soap and water a couple of times a year.

Transferable Value

When adding a deck to our home, we often think we will be living in our home long term. Why you may be okay with the upkeep that is required from a traditional wooden deck if you did need to sell the next homeowner might not be as keen. What you see as a beautiful addition and a project for the weekends, others may see as a chore. It may be the deciding factor on whether a potential buyer purchases your home. However, if you installed composite decking which is low maintenance and high quality, there is a far greater potential for a sale, and it will hold its value for longer than a traditional wooden deck.

Composite Decking Benefits

The benefits of composite decking become more evident when homeowners understand the actual costs. Once installed, this sustainable decking, including the Superdeck lineup of railings and composite decking products remain great over time with minimal maintenance.

A high-quality WPC deck can look great with the occasional soapy water clean for up to half a century. Superdeck’s 25-year warranty for fade and stain includes replacement labour for five years.

People have always loved to be outdoors and want to get more from their decks, transforming them into an oasis and outdoor living spaces. Professionals in the construction industry are recommending composite decking more than ever. Especially considering the accessories that homeowners are placing on them – BBQ’s, heavy furniture and other water resistance items, they have no intention of moving to powerwash and repaint. If it is the look of wood they want to achieve with their deck, composite decking can be made to look like real wood which means a new deck owner can just enjoy life in their new space without the worry of ongoing maintenance.

When installing composite decking, homeowners have peace of mind because they know it is worth every cent. Each year it is the gift that keeps on giving.

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