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Is wood cheaper than composite?

Alex Bushell Nov 02, 2018
Care Conservation Decking Garden Landscaping Popular Technical

Which is better.. Composite or wood?

Wooden decking is commonly seen as the cheaper, more conventional route to obtaining your garden deck.

Here at Envirobuild, we recognise this and we recognise value. As such, though the initial expenditure of a quality composite deck may seem more than that of a wooden one, the investment is one that is guaranteed to pay off.

This is clear, firstly, from the longevity of composite decking- a quality that composite is famous for and that traditional wooden decking often lacks.

Our Hyperion Frontier and Pioneer decks are warrantied for 25 years and 15 years residential use, respectively, and this protects them from a from splintering, warping and rotting.

 As a result, you are safe from costs and worries that you would face annually due to necessary wooden deck maintenance.

Though these vary with the type of wood, treatments usually range from re-oiling and re-finishing to re-painting; the long term costs of which can be huge when considering the materials involved can cost over £150 per treatment. Many customers also find that unless the strict maintenance regimes are kept up, they have to replace their wooden deck in as little as 5-10 years. As such, the lifetime cost of composite decks is undoubtedly lower.


*Costs for a 15sqm deck without substructure. Includes cost of deck, installation and cleaning materials needed for annual maintenance.


Secondly, composite decking is low maintenance and unlike its wooden alternative, rarely needs more than a gentle hosing down once/twice a year. Not only does this mean you do not have to worry about spending money on re-treating or replacing your wood but you also can save time and energy that would be better spent enjoying your deck.

Finally, there’s the hidden cost of the environmental damage that wooden decks cause to our planet. Softwood and hardwood both lead to de-forestation and the loss of crucial habitats to wildlife across the world leaving many animals struggling to survive purely for the purpose of wooden decking.

It’s a cost that we at Envirobuild take seriously and take great lengths to avoid by using recycled materials in all our products, and, donating 10% of all profits to the Rainforest Trust.


Courtesy of The Rainforest Trust:  www.rainforesttrust.org/project/saving-sumatras-rarest-wildlife

We truly believe that composite decking offers a financially savvy and stress-free way to enjoy your garden deck. As a bonus, you can also rest assured that you have positively contributed to the protection of some of the world’s most vulnerable animals’ wellbeing.

Good luck with your decision - we hope this was a help!