Jul 31, 2014

Should You Build A Wood or Composite Deck?

Lately on our WCCO radio show, we have had a lot of inquiries regarding decking; especially the hard decision whether to build one with wood or composite decking. Below, we have broken out the features and benefits of both, making your decision easier to decide which material fits your maintenance level, lifestyle and budget!


Wood decking has been around forever so with this choice you really can’t go wrong. The quality of your deck will depend greatly on the type of wood you choose. Southern Pine is a very popular choice because of its lower cost and availability. However, it can easily warp and requires more maintenance than higher end wood such as Cedar. Cedar gives off an awesome smell and is readily available and will weather much better than pine. Cedar is probably the most popular choice of wood decking throughout the US. If you want to step it up a notch, mahogany or IPE (pronounced ee-pay) also known as Brazilian walnut. IPE is one of the densest hardwoods on the market and is three times harder than cedar. It also has the same fire rating as concrete and steel!

Ipe Deck Wayzata

Wood decks are not that hard to maintain, but will require more elbow grease than composite decking. It is recommended to seal and stain your wooden deck every three years or so and that will directly relate to the quality of product you used to begin with. We recommend using PENOFIN®.

Composite Decking

Composite decking received a bad rap in recent years due to the product having many issues with warping in all different kinds of climates. Rest assured, composite decking has come a long way and is back with a vengeance in the deck building industry. Composite decking consists of some type of plastic material and wood particles.  A lot of the time the plastic material is made of recycled by-products such as milk jugs and soda bottles. Some composite decking materials are hollow boards that are cheaper than solid ones and don’t tend to expand and contract as much as solid boards. Solid boards look more like real wood and are stronger than hollowed out boards.


Factors that determine price include the manufacturer, materials used whether it is recycled, virgin etc. and also any extra features such as UV protection and scratch resistance.  Composite decking involves more upfront costs but will require significantly less maintenance than wood in the long-run.

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Composite decking is considered low maintenance decking, but don’t get it confused with a completely maintenance-free product. Just like anything else on the exterior of your home, your deck is susceptible to the outdoor elements such as mold, fading from the sun and scratching due to hail damage. Composite decking is not 100% foolproof, so be realistic and know that it can become scratched, faded and warped just like traditional wood because it is not 100% indestructible.

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Twin Cities Deck Installation Reviews:

Gutters and deck on our new construction. We love our new deck. The gutters were installed right on time and are performing well. On both jobs the young men were excellent. Very skilled and willing to work with us if we decided to make changes.”

Craig S.
Minnetrista, MN
October 28, 2021

"Roof done with excellent workmanship, great workers, roof and gutters done on time and in a day. We were out of town the day of roof construction but was done as agreed and the neighbors were impressed with the work and completion in a day. New deck is great with steel support system, and AZEK® decking. Country-wide steel shortage caused unplanned delay but not due to Lindus. When the supplies arrived the project started the next day. Well done."

James L.
Bloomington, MN
October 7, 2021

"Very happy with my new steel deck and LeafGuard® Gutters. Installed quickly and professionally. Everything looks great!  I would definitely recommend Lindus Construction."

Joanne S.
Woodbury, MN
October 7, 2021

"Lindus has been my partner for multiple home improvement projects including re-siding with beautiful LP® siding, installing LeafGuard® Gutters, re-roofing and more. Most recently, Tristan and his crew replaced my old wood deck with a beautiful maintenance-free deck. The crew was professional and did beautiful work. I am so pleased. Lindus is my go-to partner for my home's construction needs. Thanks, Lindus, for always living up to my very high expectations!"

Carol B.
Mahtomedi, MN
August 11, 2021

"I just have to tell you that I love my new deck!!!. The guys did a great job in four days. Some of the comments from my neighbors are It is a work of art; it is absolutely awesome.'  Thank you for giving me so many options so my deck looks so unique."

Judy N.
Bloomington, MN
August 11, 2021

You just finished our porch remodel, Lindus, you guys did a great job.

Crist B.
Chisago City, MN
April 10, 2021
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