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Composite Decking Vitals

What's it cost?
Run-of-the-mill boards start at $4 per square foot, while the premium products that closely resemble tropical wood run up to $7.20 per square foot.

What's the warranty?
Most manufacturers offer either a 25-year or limited-lifetime warranty on structural integrity; some warranties are transferable from one homeowner 
to another. Fading, scratches, and stains usually aren't covered.

How much care?
Less than wood. A simple scrubbing with soapy water and a soft bristle brush is usually all that's needed.

Not just decking.
Everything you need to finish a deck—fascia boards, railings, balusters, treads, and posts—is made in matching colors using the same composite material.

Does it burn?
Yes, but at a much higher temperature than wood. Most composites meet California's strict Wildland-Urban Interface Building Code.

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