The Cost Difference Between Composite Decks Vs. Wood

If you are building a new deck, you will probably be faced with a decision between composite and wood materials. Among other factors like durability and appearance, consider both the long-term and immediate costs for each before making a final decision.


Generally speaking, composite decks tend to be much more expensive than some woods, such as pine. However, the price difference largely depends on the kind of wood you choose. Even if a wood deck is cheaper than a composite deck, sealing costs may make up for the difference. Composite decks, on the other hand, do not require sealing.

Durability and Maintenance

Composite decks are virtually maintenance-free and tend to last longer than wood decks. Wood decks need to be sealed every year or periodically in order to maintain appearance and strength.


Composite decks often resemble wood, although a true wood deck is unmistakable. They can be stained to match your home if desired. Wood decks offer a more natural appearance with a wide variety of grain options. Composite decks are susceptible to staining and fading, which may negatively affect their appearance over time.

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Nicole Crawford is a NASM-certified personal trainer, doula and pre/post-natal fitness specialist. She is studying to be a nutrition coach and RYT 200 yoga teacher. Nicole contributes regularly at Breaking Muscle and has also written for "Paleo Magazine," The Bump and Fit Bottomed Mamas.