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Should you choose composite decking based on color?

If you have decided to build a composite deck, you likely have an attractive color palette at the top of your priorities list. Should you make your decking selection based on color alone?

Archadeck of Kansas City owner, Dan Hall, asks all his deck building clients one important question to determine what type of composite decking they should consider. That question is: “How long do you plan to live in your home?” The answer to this question will allow Dan, or your assigned Archadeck Design Consultant to guide you in your choice of decking line, so that you receive the best possible return on your investment.

Should you choose composite decking based on color?What do different composite decking lines have to offer?

Each brand of composite decking offers a variety of choices from minimum to maximum investment. Each line comes with its own board makeup, physical characteristics, and manufacturer warranties. Other features, such as how many sides of the board are encapsulated will vary depending on the line you choose and will determine your final decking material investment. TimberTech AZEK’s base composite decking lines, like the Edge Prime+ Collection, offer 3-sided board capping, a straight grain pattern, and a 25-year fade and stain warranty. This material will give homeowners a beautifully low-maintenance deck for a minimum investment, offering a better return if they decide to sell their home. The top-of-the-line TimberTech AZEK lines come with ultimate performance characteristics, like 4-sided capping, remaining cooler to the touch in full sun, maximum slip resistance, and a 50-year fade and stain warranty. These lines will come with a higher price tag, and will make sense for homeowners, who plan to live in their home forever. This premium product will come in more diverse wood grain textures and patterns, and accommodate decades of low-maintenance use.

Should you choose composite decking based on color?We have great news about composite decking colors.

No matter the decking brand or line you decide best suits your investment, you will find a color that you love – though it may be a variation of the color and wood grain you were originally considering in a more or less expensive line. These days, texture is just as important to homeowners. You will find that every composite decking manufacturer now offers an array of textures in conjunction with grain patterns and colors. The Design Consultants at Archadeck of Kansas City have composite decking samples, so you can see and touch the products before making your final decision. If we do not have the color you are considering on-hand, we can help you obtain a manufacturer sample, or visit our supplier showroom.

Should you choose composite decking based on color?A Word About Trending Colors

For more than a few years now, the biggest composite decking color trend has been gray. From weathered gray to solid gray, and every type of gray in between – the color is undoubtedly trending. The issue with trending colors, is that the trend will eventually temper. And with that, the desire for a gray deck will wane for many homeowners, or more importantly for many home buyers. If you do not plan to remain in your home permanently, Dan Hall recommends keeping within the more classic brown/earth tones color palette. This does not mean that your deck will be unattractive or boring. It will still be beautiful, built-to-spec for your needs, and ultimately resellable!

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Are you ready to discuss a new deck for your Kansas City area home? Choose Archadeck of Kansas City, trusted local deck builder since 2001. Get in touch with our award-winning Design Consultants for a custom consultation by calling 913-851-3325 or emailing