How Long Does Composite Decking Last?

When making an investment in building out your outdoor space or replacing an old deck, you want to be confident in the material that you’re choosing. You’re thinking about choosing composite decking, but how long does composite decking last? Continue reading to learn the average lifespan of composite decking, how that compares to other decking materials, and more. 

Average Lifespan of Composite Decking

Composite decks are built to last, making them a great choice for most outdoor spaces. Most manufacturers, like TimberTech®, offer a 25-30 year limited product warranty, plus a 25-30 year fade and stain limited warranty. 

When you invest in creating an outdoor space, you want it to last. By choosing a composite deck with that long (or longer!) of an estimated lifespan, you’re on the right track.

Composite Decking Maintenance

In addition to having a long lifespan, composite decking is also a wonderful decking material because it requires minimal maintenance. This means that you get the best of both worlds: a decking material that requires minimal maintenance while also having a long average lifespan. 

But what makes composite decking such a long-lasting and low-maintenance material? Composite decking is a more long-lasting and durable material because of the way it’s manufactured. 

Composite decking is made by bonding real wood fibers and synthetic fibers together and coating them with a protective vinyl shield. By combining real wood fibers with synthetic fibers and a protecting vinyl coating, the material is significantly stronger against the elements than traditional wood decking materials. 

The way composite decking is constructed makes it more resistant to fading from the sun, mold growth, warping, rotting, and splintering. As a sealed material, even if mold starts to grow on the surface of a composite deck, it can be cleaned and removed, and it will never infiltrate the material or cause rot. 

Composite Decking Warranties

Standard Supply & Lumber proudly carries leading decking brands like TimberTech®. While warranties for composite decks vary between brands and product lines, they typically offer great coverage no matter which one you choose. 

Our experts can help guide you toward the best choice for your outdoor space, making sure you feel confident in the longevity and performance of your composite deck. Get in touch to learn more. 

Composite Decking vs. Other Decking Materials: How Long Do They Last? 

The most popular alternative to composite decking is wood decking. Wood decks have an average lifespan of 10-15 years. They are available in a variety of options like cedar and pressure-treated wood.  

In addition to having a shorter lifespan, wood decks also require more routine maintenance and are more susceptible to the elements. Wood decks will fade from the sun faster, are susceptible to growing mold which would spread and rot the deck out, and splinter with age. Routine maintenance can include staining or painting on a yearly basis, sealing, refinishing, and replacing rotting, splintering, and warping boards. 

Composite Decking at Standard Supply & Lumber

To view samples, ask questions, and learn more about the best composite decking option for your home, contact our friendly team at Standard Supply & Lumber today. We’re here to help you build your dream deck that you can be confident will last for many years to come.