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Comparison between composite blades and wooden blades.

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Building a terrace is an important project that requires careful consideration of the choice of materials. Among them, we find in particular composite decking boards and wooden ones. If you are interested in this question, this article is for you! We will first see if these two types of materials present economic differences.

Are composite decking boards more economical than wooden boards?

This question is often asked because it directly concerns the wallet of any potential buyer. Indeed, it is understandable that we would like to save money wherever possible.

First of all, it should be noted that composite decking boards are generally more expensive to purchase than wooden boards. However, this difference can be quickly absorbed by several factors.

First, composite blades have a longer lifespan than wooden blades. Their composition of wood fibers and plastic gives them increased resistance to bad weather and wood-eating insects. This means you won't need to replace your boards as often as with wood.

Second, composite blades require very little maintenance

Directly regarding the project budget. Prices vary depending on the quality and origin of the wood as well as the brand and type of composites used in the manufacture of the blades.

However, it should be noted that although a higher initial investment is required when opting for a composite blade, it can prove to be an economical choice in the long term thanks to its durability and strength. Indeed, wooden decking boards tend to deform over time, while composite boards keep their initial shape longer.

Are composite decking boards better than wood boards?

This question is subjective as it depends on personal taste and the specific needs of the project. Both types of materials have advantages and disadvantages that can be taken into account when making a decision.

  • Advantages of composite blades:
    • Resistant to stains and UV rays
    • Do not require regular maintenance such as an annual coat of oil or varnish
    • Are available in a wide variety of colors to satisfy all aesthetic tastes
  • Disadvantages of composite blades:
    • Higher initial price than natural wood
    • Even if they do not require regular maintenance, periodic cleaning is still necessary to prevent the formation of mold or algae on the surface.
  • Advantages of wooden slats:
    • Initial price cheaper than composite.
    • The natural appearance of wood is appreciated by many people
  • Disadvantages of wooden blades:
    • Require regular maintenance to maintain their aesthetic appearance and avoid deformation or cracking.
    • Are sensitive to extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain, extreme heat, frost etc.

Are composite decking boards more environmentally friendly than wooden boards?

This question often raises questions because it can be difficult to assess which materials are truly environmentally friendly. Both types of materials have their advantages and disadvantages.

Wood has a lower carbon footprint than composite which requires complex production from recycled plastic and/or plant fibers. However, some manufacturers use sustainable and responsible methods when producing their composites to minimize their environmental impact.

Are composite decking boards stronger than wooden boards?

Yes ! Composites are more resistant to bad weather and mold, while wood warps over time. The strength of the material must also be considered when you choose your blade according to its intended use (swimming pool, outdoor barbecue, etc.).


Overall, composite decking boards have a lot of advantages over wood boards. They are more durable and do not require as much maintenance as natural wood. However, it is important to take into account all the criteria (price, aesthetic appearance, environmental impact) to make an informed choice that suits your specific needs.

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