Workability, Flammability, Maintenance & Repair of Real Wood Decking compared to Composite Decking
Stability: Composite deck boards droop between joists over time because they do not have the proper structural properties to support their own weight. This results in an uneven deck surface. RealWood deck boards remain straight.
Flammability: Plastic and oil-based composite decking burns. RealWood hard wood decking is very dense and is very difficult to burn. Many species have the same fire rating as concrete.
Workability: Plastic bends, droops and cracks in weather. The installation instructions for composite decking components are very specific and warrantee driven. These instructions prohibit the installer from notching posts, for instance. Plastic makes great milk jugs, food containers and water bottles but does not serve well as structural material. RealWood hard wood can be used up to and beyond normal wood installation practices. It is stronger, lasts longer, more durable, more tightly grained and expands and contracts less than any other wood on the planet. It can be nailed, screwed, glued, sawed, planed, milled, sanded and mitered like any other wood. RealWood is the first choice for professional carpenters.
Maintenance: With no maintenance, composite and RealWood hardwood Brazilian decking will retain the same structural integrity for many years. Composite decking will not degrade in strength for up to 10 years while RealWood hardwood decking will retain its sound structural integrity for 30 years and longer (depending on the species) without maintenance.
Color Maintenance: Colors fade in sunlight. Composite decking color fades and natural wood also fades. The natural beauty of RealWood hard wood decking can be maintained by periodic (usually annual) finish applications and can be restored like new (if allowed to fade) by cleaning and refinishing. Color fastness is not warranted on composite decking and it can not be maintained or restored.
Replaceable: A damaged composite board can not be easily matched with another identically weathered board. New RealWood hard wood boards will not match other previously installed boards initially but will weather to fit into the deck colors easily given the individuality of natural hard wood. Like snow flakes, no two boards are exactly the same. Replacement boards quickly age to match nicely. This is a characteristic of naturally beautiful decking.