Where I work in North Dakota, composite materials are expected on spec-house decks because the harsh winters are tough on wood decking. Many potential homeowners don’t want to have to stain or paint a deck, but composite decking is expensive, leading to a disconnect between the features buyers want on a new home and the price at which developers can turn a profit without decreasing demand. As a result, many developers end up installing wood decks, which, in our climate, often fail after five or six years from lack of maintenance. Since nearly 400 new homes are built in this area every year, I wanted to find a way to way to meet this untapped demand for cost-effective, low-maintenance decks.

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