While composite windows cost more than vinyl, they’re only somewhat less expensive than wood window frames. Composite windows have advantages wood windows don’t, but if you strongly prefer the traditional nature of hardwood windows, the cost savings of composite models might not be worth it to you. Appearance is another factor.
The same principles can be applied to comparing the cost of composite decking with PT lumber. Yes. Initially, the cost of installing a PT deck will be lower. However, in order to keep the wood deck looking and performing as it should, it will need near constant attention and maintenance. And, there is definitely a cost to completing all that work.
On average, maintaining a wood deck will cost £300-£550 per year. Composite decking? Just £3-£10 annually. What's more, wood decks are susceptible to mould, decay and insects (not to mention Mother Nature) and have a shorter lifespan. Composites retain their good looks year after year. So that new deck look you love is the look you'll keep. Composite decking materials are eco-friendly and toxin-free.
Composite wood is a mixture of several components that may include wood, plastic and straw. The particles and fibers from different woods are combined, and adhesives keep them bound together. A veneer is often applied to the outside in order to make the composite wood appear more attractive.
The top reason for choosing composite over wood is that it requires very little maintenance while wood is quite demanding in terms of labor and cost over the lifespan of the fence. Each manufacturer provides direction for how to best care for its products.