Benefits of Composite Decking for Your Calgary Home

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If you’re considering exterior renovations on your Calgary home, any stroll through a residential neighbourhood will give you endless ideas on how you can make a tired old deck look modern and refreshed. 

Some homes opt for the look of classic wood decking, and others may choose to give their deck an updated look with composite or pressure-treated wood.

Besides the obvious layout and style choices, one of the most significant factors in choosing new decking is the material used to build it. Traditionally, wood was the go-to choice for decks, thanks to its comfort, grain appearance, stainability, and relative resilience to temperature extremes, but that is no longer the case. 

Recently, composite decking has exploded in popularity, and for good reason.


What Is Composite Decking?

Composite decks are made out of combinations of wood fibers, polyethylene, PVC, or other materials, depending on the brand and type. This increasingly popular option is made from recycled plastics and wood chip fibers, whose manufacturers claim is as durable as pressure-treated lumber.

The exact specifications will vary, but composite is widely known for its excellent traction, durability in extreme weather, lack of moisture absorption, and smooth appearance and texture. 

Gone are the days of wood splinters, rotted joints, warped boards, and insect damage – one of the benefits of composite decking is that it can combat all of those easily without any additional products needed. And the best part? Very little maintenance is required – even in the winter! Just a quick scrub and rinse every couple of weeks to keep it looking fresh.


The Benefits of Composite Decking

1) Composite Decking is Durable

Composite decking is designed to be resistant to the elements, making it an excellent long-term investment

With their weatherproof and rot-resistant construction, composite boards require very little upkeep that can keep them looking brand new for many years. You won’t have to worry about warping, splitting, or cracking from harsh weather or heavy foot traffic.

2) It is Low Maintenance

Composite decking requires minimal effort to keep it looking great. While wood requires sanding, staining or painting every other year, composite decking only occasionally needs a quick rinse with soap and water to stay in good condition.

You don’t need to paint or stain them, as they come in a wide variety of colours, hues, and styles that you can simply choose upon purchase. 

Not only does this save time and money on the painting itself, but it means there will be no additional water damage down the road, like on traditional paint jobs when it begins to flake.

3) It is Easy to Install

The boards are easy to install and a breeze to clean, too! With many composite wood brands, you can get an additional layer on the top surface – called “capped composite decking” – that further protects against staining, fading, and scratching. That’s why many homeowners choose composite decking, as it eliminates the need for constant maintenance and upkeep.

And you don’t have to worry about nails or screws sticking out either, as most composites are installed without visible fasteners – perfect if you have little ones running around in the backyard.

4) Composite Decking is Surprisingly Light

Full resin composites, with no wood fibres at all, can be up to 35% lighter than wood versions and are recyclable. That means your deck won’t be too heavy for the posts and joists, even on second-story decks. And when it comes to load-bearing capacity, composite decking is surprisingly strong.

5) Composite Decking Offers Many Design Options

If you’re looking for multiple colour choices or a unique pattern, composite decking can offer a variety of textures and colours that traditional wood cannot match. 

And while some wood products are still available in pre-formed shapes like deck tiles and planks, composite decking is also available in various shapes that can be customized to fit any space.


Why We Trust Trex for Our Calgary Composite Decks

That’s a lot of reasons to love the thought of a composite deck to call your very own! As pros who have been around for a while, we’ve helped build a lot of them, so you might be wondering: what does Maritime West recommend?

The brand we know and trust for deck projects in Calgary is Trex – by a wide margin. Long-lasting, high quality, and simply beautiful to behold, the decks built with Trex products consistently deliver the best results through the city’s weather swings.

They are among the industry’s first innovators, and still stand above many others who have followed in their footsteps. They cover everything, too – from frames and railings to the deck surface and even lighting to spruce up a shadowy yard. That means you can rest assured that your deck project is in the hands of experts.

But knowing that life happens from time to time, they also offer warranties for many different situations – because when a product is as good as a Trex deck, the company stands behind it to ensure the best possible experience.


Enjoy the Benefits of Composite Decking This Summer with Maritime West

Are you looking for a way to spruce up your outdoor living space this summer? Let Maritime West make it happen! Composite wood decks are maintenance-free, barefoot-friendly, and ready to host the best summer barbecue as soon as they are installed. It’s the best way to make your outdoor living space vibrant, inviting, and ready for the season.

Plus, when you choose Maritime West for your deck construction project, you can trust that your deck will withstand the test of time with our extended warranties and unbeatable quality.

With summer in Calgary around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take a good look at your deck and decide if this is the year to swap out those old, peeling deck planks. And with Maritime West Construction and Trex on your side, you can rest assured that the new ones will support you for many years to come!

Learn about all of the deck services offered by Maritime West Construction – your FAVOURITE Calgary Deck Builder 🙂

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