How long does composite decking last?

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The estimated life expectancy for composite decks is over 50 years and warranties typically range from 10 years to life. Composites rarely split, warp, crack, rot or decay. Most are even resistant to termites. How much maintenance is required? Most brands -- such as Trex, WeatherBest, and GeoDeck -- don't require any painting or sealing. They're usually easy to keep clean, too. On some composite decking brands, most dirt and stains can be removed with water, a brush or with a household cleaner. Do I need to hire a contractor to install my composite? No, you can install it yourself. Most composites are easy to drill, cut, saw and nail with standard woodworking tools. If you decide to install your own composite deck, it's wise to follow the installation instructions carefully as the plastic content of composites needs to be taken into consideration for expansion/contraction purposes. Are composites safe and environmentally responsible? Yes, composites are eco-friendly. They're also ... more
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