For our June/July Outdoor issue, we asked local professionals if composite decking is a classic or a craze. Have wood-alternative decks replaced the traditional stained wood? Here's what they had to say.
“It is my opinion that composite decking is both less expensive and more maintenance free than wood. Therefore, I imagine clients would prefer this option and it would be a classic.” Tom Manche, Tom Manche Interiors.
“I definitely think composite decking is a new ‘classic.’ I chose composite decking when I built my home five years ago. It offers the look of real wood, but it is available in so many more colors and textures. Another advantage is that you can combine choices of planks, rails, and light posts from different companies to achieve a much more custom look. And, of course, the biggest benefit is it is almost maintenance free and doesn't splinter. Ease on bare feet, and baby's knees.” Gail Doveikis, G.M. Doveikis & Associates.
"Composite decking is classic. The current generation of capped composites account for 80% of our customer's choices now, and that number continues to increase with the improved performance and appearance coming from the leading brands. It has even become a major consideration for those buying a house with an existing deck, as a professionally constructed composite deck is viewed as an asset to the buyer." Mike Brueggenjohann, California Custom Decks.
"Today, we see composite decking regularly in backyards across our area. Similar to many other landscape materials, I think what we will see with composite decking, is that the material will evolve over time. Much like pavers have done since they were first introduced to the market. The quality, price, and designs may change, but the material is here to stay." Jim Graeler, General Manager / Lead Designer, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.
"Lower maintenance and improved product design will make synthetic deck products like capped composites and pvcs into classics. Home-owners continue to look for products that require less maintenance and add value to their homes. Synthetic deck products have evolved in performance and appearance in the past decade. Available in a wide range of colors, capped composites and pvcs offer homeowners the opportunity to customize their outdoor living spaces." Pat Leahy, Outdoor Living Inc.