Composite Decking vs Wood

December 2023
Armani Eagle

At Ovaeda, we're all about creating dreamy outdoor spaces that are not only stunning but also practical. Today, we're diving into a hot topic: composite decking vs wood. We will compare the two and reveal which we believe to be the best!

We'll delve deep into the ins and outs of both options, laying out their pros and cons, and comparing their cost, maintenance, durability, lifespan, environmental impact, and pet-friendliness.   

So, let's get started and help you make an informed decision for your outdoor haven!  

What this article covers:

What Is Composite Decking?​​

Composite decking is a modern alternative to traditional wood decking, known for its blend of aesthetics and practicality. It's made from a mix of wood fibers and recycled plastics, combined with pigments, ultraviolet inhibitors, and preservatives. 

This concoction is then heated and extruded into decking boards, with textures sometimes embossed onto the surface.

The materials used – waste wood from mills and furniture factories, and recycled plastic like milk jugs and shopping bags – make composite decking an eco-friendly choice. Plus, they're designed to resist fading and staining, making them a lasting choice.

At Ovaeda, we take pride in our top-notch non slip composite decking. Our decking is available in wood grain finishes and grooved varieties in colours ranging from natural grey to terracotta.

Made from recycled materials, our best composite decking is durable and low maintenance, ensuring you don't have to worry about rot or splintering.

With Ovaeda, you get the beauty of wood without the upkeep.

composite deck vs wood

What Is Wood Decking?​​ 

Wood decking refers to the use of timber in constructing outdoor decks. This traditional decking material is made from various wood species, each offering different characteristics.

Our research indicates that the structure of a wood deck typically involves pressure-treated lumber for the framework and a choice of wood species for the visible deck boards that people walk on.

The common types of wood used for decking include redwood and cedar. Redwood is known for its natural stability and resistance to warping. Cedar is a softer wood often used in specific deck features like railings or pergolas.

Comparison of Wooden and Composite Decking​​

When it comes to decking, the choice between wooden and composite materials is a significant decision for homeowners and builders alike. Each option offers its unique set of characteristics, benefits, and considerations.

In this comprehensive comparison, we'll guide you through the critical aspects of wooden and composite decking, helping you decide the best fit for your outdoor space.


Composite Decking

Wood Decking

Cost & Maintenance

Long-term savings, low maintenance, durability

Ongoing maintenance, regular sanding/staining, higher long-term cost, weather treatment

Durability & Lifespan

Durable, long lifespan, weather-resistant, mold-resistant, splinter/warp resistant, 15-25 year warranty

Maintenance-dependent lifespan, cracking/splintering/fading

Environmental Impact

Recycled materials composition, eco-friendly, waste reduction,

Deforestation concerns, biodegradable, sustainability issues, higher carbon footprint


Splinter-free, robust, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, easy to clean

Splinter risk, exposed nails/screws, chemical treatment concerns, less pet-safe

Cost & Maintainance

Composite decking presents a higher initial investment compared to traditional wood decking. However, this initial cost is often offset by its longevity and lower maintenance needs. The long-term savings become evident as it requires less upkeep and repair over the years.

Based on our observations, this makes composite decking a cost-effective solution in the long run.

At Ovaeda, we take this cost-effectiveness to the next level with our range of high-quality composite decking boards. They are fully encapsulated, ensuring superior durability. This innovative design protects against fading, stains, and marks, maintaining the deck's appearance with minimal effort and cost.

composite vs wood deck

Conversely, demands ongoing investment to maintain. This may include regular sanding, staining, and treatment for weather resistance; which will add tremendously to the overall cost, increasing its impact on your wallet over time.

Durability And Lifespan​​

Composite decking is renowned for its exceptional durability and long lifespan. It is designed to withstand severe weather conditions, and sun exposure, and is resistant to mold, splinters, and warping.

This robustness ensures that composite decks maintain their quality and appearance for many years, often with warranties from 15 to 25 years for residential use. This is true for our products. Whether you choose our grey composite decking or black composite decking, your patio is covered!

In comparison, the lifespan of timber decking heavily depends on the level of maintenance it receives. Without proper care, timber decks are susceptible to cracking, splintering, and fading, which can significantly reduce their lifespan and necessitate earlier replacement or extensive repairs.

Environmental Impact​​

In terms of environmental sustainability, composite decking is a definitive choice. It's made from a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers, reducing waste and the need for new raw materials.

This recycling practice positions composite decking as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional wood decking.

Our composite balustrade in particular scores high for its environmental sustainability. This 95% recycled product is the perfect match for your decking, whether you pick brown, grey, or dark brown!

Our findings show that timber decking, while natural and biodegradable, raises concerns regarding deforestation and the sustainability of wood sources. Additionally, the carbon footprint associated with transporting timber further impacts its environmental viability.

composite or wood decking


Composite decking is an excellent choice for pet owners. The splinter-free and robust surface ensures a safe environment for pets to roam and play. And, the scratch-resistant composition reduces the risk of pet claws leaving marks.

Like our best garden tiles, its resistance to stains and easy-to-clean nature makes it ideal for managing the little messes pets inevitably leave behind.

In contrast, wood decking can pose risks to pets due to splinters and the potential for nails or screws to become exposed over time. The requirement for frequent chemical treatments to maintain wood decks can also be a concern for pet health and safety.


In the debate of composite decking vs wood, composite emerges as the superior choice for modern outdoor spaces. Composite decking, made from recycled materials, offers a sustainable alternative to traditional wood.

While wood decking has an appeal, it falls short in terms of longevity and environmental impact. The ongoing maintenance, susceptibility to damage, and concerns over deforestation and carbon footprint make wood a less favorable option. Composite decking, on the other hand, can help you save money on maintenance for years to come.

Choosing Ovaeda's composite decking means investing in quality, sustainability, and ease of care. Explore our range today and find the ideal solution for a beautiful outdoor living space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. 

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