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Decks: Advantages of a Composite Deck

Decks in Central MinnesotaRelaxing on a warm day, enjoying the company of friends and family on a beautiful and comfortable deck is an event that is looked forward to by many. If this is a dream of yours, then deciding on a composite deck and railings system could positively impact you both in terms of money and time.

Over the last twenty years, composite deck materials have been gaining in usefulness.  Composite decking is made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic giving it strength and longevity with low maintenance. Composite decking is made through various processes and there are many alternates of sizes, patterns and sturdiness available. (Depending on the composite material chosen, the decking material may be used for a number of building projects including railing, steps, benches…).

Traditional decking material, on the other hand, is made of pressure treated wood. This type of decking — both preservative-treated and naturally rot-resistant materials — has a life expectancy of ten to twenty years when maintained periodically with chemical sealants. But they require work and maintenance which is why you may prefer no maintenance composite decking for your new deck.

Composite Decking Advantages

There are many advantages of using composite deck materials over traditional wooden decks:

  • Low Maintenance, the color of the composite decks will not fade, so periodic staining is not necessary. Keep in mind, however, to inhibit mold or mildew buildup an occasional bath will be required;
  • No peeling, since the color is built into the material, as mentioned earlier, the deck would not peel over time as painted wood is expected to do;
  • No cracking, subjected to the environment of a constant harsh sun and soaking rain, and under normal use, a composite deck will not crack;
  • No slivers, few issues can ruin a relaxing time on a deck like a sliver in the foot or a finger for that matter;
  • No warping or twisting, when a composite deck is properly installed you will not see any warping or twisting;
  • No replacing rotted or split boards, the long life and durability of a composite deck will ensure minimal if any replacement and maintenance costs;
  • Non-slip surface: most composite decks have a better non-slip surface than traditional wooden decks.

There are number of composite deck manufacturers producing quality products, however the main difference among the manufacturers is in the color and texture that they offer in addition to the hand-railing options. Railings and other trim pieces are the finishing touches to a newly installed deck. They are made to match most styles of composite decking materials. Made of the same materials as the composite deck, decorative railings will offer the same low maintenance, high attractiveness and longevity as the composite deck.

For those concerned about any environmental disruption, a composite deck is truly environmentally friendly. Due to specialized construction, these decks do not contain wood preservatives, which eliminate the heavy metals, and other chemicals found in pressure treated wood.

Deciding on having a deck built is a large investment and building a composite deck will inflate the up-fronts costs. Nevertheless, the low maintenance, good looks, longevity and durability will mean the deck will offer you years of enjoyment for a very long time!

For an environmentally safe deck, that is low to maintain, will not peel, crack, or splinter and has a non-slip surface, composite deck and railings system will offer any St Cloud MN homeowner decades of enjoyment and relaxation.


Craig at Schoenberg Construction is one of the best General Contractors in St Cloud. Craig always gives honest, fair bids with no lowball, fake pricing, plus there’s no sales pressure, EVER.  He never uses cheap materials and never engages in sloppy workmanship, and his company is known as one of the top home renovation companies in the Saint Cloud Minnesota area because he INSISTS on doing every job EXACTLY right.

Give him a call today at 320-252-0911 for your no-obligation consultation.

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