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When you decide it’s time to build your dream patio, there are a few important decisions to make that can become quickly overwhelming. What size are you looking for, in what style, and perhaps the most important question of all, what material would you like to use? Although there are loads of small options, they really boil down to two specific types: wood and composite. Choosing the material might seem like a difficult decision, but with the guidance of the experts at APCO, we hope to make your decision much simpler.
Like most questions, this one doesn’t exactly have an easy answer. Both types come with specific advantages. It’s all about choosing which suits your needs best.
Wood has been a mainstay for centuries. It offers a pretty durable, fairly inexpensive decking option with a lot of color and appearance diversity. The vast majority of decks made today are of wood, though don’t get the idea that “widely used” is synonymous with “best”. Most homeowners choose wood because it is:
Composite materials are manmade synthetics created to mimic the appearance of wood, while avoiding the drawbacks innate to the material. They’ve seen a massive rise in use, even factoring in the higher initial cost of installation. Why? Well:
After looking it over, you might wonder why everyone doesn’t use composite decking materials. Well, as a team of professionals, we at APCO would certainly recommend it highly. But the fact remains that it can be a little costly (though the price is pretty customizable depending on your needs), and some homeowners just can’t budget for it. In which case, wood is a very solid fallback.
In short, we would say composite is generally the best option, depending on your specific needs. It just offers more longevity, and makes for an overall better investment in the end.
APCO was founded over 50 years ago and has been a leading deck builder in the Columbus area ever since. We offer premier design and installation for decks—no matter how custom you want to make yours. To get started on your decking project, simply call us at the number at the top of this page, or contact us online, to get the conversation started.
APCO offers high quality deck design and build throughout the following cities and their surrounding areas: Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Lewis Center, Pickerington, Powell, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, and Westerville.