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Home decking is one of our specialties at Top Form Contracting. We’ve noticed a considerable uptick in the number of clients requesting deck updates this year. It is no surprise, especially if you and your family are social distancing and spending more time at home than usual. Now is the perfect time to educate yourself on one of the most common backyard upgrades for homeowners in Albany and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Composite decks installs are some of the most popular decking installations we perform. While summer is still in full swing, a renovated deck is the perfect way to expand your living space to the great outdoors.

In this article, we’re breaking down the most frequently asked questions we receive about composite deck installations. If you are considering an installation now or in the future, read on!

Autumn leaves on composite deck

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decking is made from man-made materials such as recycled wood fibers and recycled plastic. Composite decks are often compared to traditional wood decks. They look and feel the same as real wood, but require less upkeep and maintenance overall.

Wood Vs. Composite Decks

While wood decks may be a good option for some households, it is important to consider why a composite deck may be more sustainable in the long run. Here is a quick comparison of the two options:


  • Requires frequent maintenance
  • Tendency to chip, warp, or twist
  • Requires frequent staining & sealing
  • Prices vary considerably, depending on wood type


  • Requires less maintenance than wood
  • High durable & weather resistant
  • Maintains look & feel better than wood
  • May cost more upfront than wood but costs less over time

Why Should I Choose a Composite Deck?

You might consider a composite deck installation for the following reasons:

1. Low Maintenance
These decks require no sanding, staining, or painting. A simple power wash or rinse will take care of any stains or dirt that appear.

2. Durability
These decks perform well for decades. Homeowners benefit from composite materials due to their resistance to weathering, mold, cracks, and dry rot. These decks are also splinter-free, making them safe for children and pets.

3. Value
Although composite decks are more of an investment initially, homeowners end up paying less in the long run. Due to their durability, you save on staining materials, cleaning, and other maintenance costs over time.

4. Environmentally-Friendly
‘Going green’ has never been easier. Composite decking is made from recyclable materials, and is less harmful to the environment than building a deck with traditional wood.

5. Style & Color Options
Composite decks mimic the look and feel of just about any type of wood. Whatever your preferences are in terms of color, style, and overall appearance, composite decks come in various options. You can also pair composite decks with matching materials for railings, stairs, gates, and pergolas for a truly sustainable and customizable outdoor living space.

Beautiful backyard deck with built-in lighting and fully decorated with vibrant and colorful furniture and decor

How Much Does a Composite Deck Cost?

The cost of your composite deck installation will depend on your deck’s size, whether you are replacing certain parts of a pre-existing deck, or you are starting from scratch.

Typically, composite deck installations range from about $45-$55 per square foot. However, the maintenance costs over 5-years are roughly 80% less than wood, according to For example, a wood deck will cost you around $25-$35 per square foot but an additional $5,000 over 5 years. A composite deck, on the other hand, will only set you back about $1,000 in maintenance in 5 years.

For an estimate on your decking project, reach out to our team. We can offer you a better idea of how much your new deck will cost once we know more about your goals and expectations. Get in touch with our team over on our Contact Page or reach out to us via phone at (541) 926-4597

What is Trex® Composite Decking?

Trex® is a composite decking brand that is highly popular — and for good reasons. Trex® decking is warp-resistant, rot-resistant, insect-proof, and made from 95% recyclable materials. Trex® decking also comes with a 25-year fade and stain warranty, giving you full peace of mind for decades.

As an authorized TrexPro® Contractor, our contractors at Top Form are specially trained to install Trex® products. From full deck renovations to railings and framing, our team installs beautiful and custom decking that lasts. With Trex® decking, you can have the durability you need without sacrificing aesthetics. Trex® decking comes in all styles and colors. No matter what your preference, you can always count on a beautiful deck with minimal maintenance requirements.

To learn more about Trex® decking, contact our team today. An authorized TrexPro® Contractor will go over your options, explore what colors and styles suit your home best, and install your new deck with precision, professionalism, and care. Our TrexPro® contractors are waiting to hear from you today!

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Composite Deck Installations in Albany, OR

Now that you know just about everything there is to know about composite decking, professional installation is your next step. You will love your new composite deck, thanks to its durability, environmentally-friendly material, and stunning appearance.

Top Form Contracting has experienced contractors that are ready to install the deck of your dreams. Give us a call today to schedule your composite decking installation or to discuss other decking options that may be better suited to your preferences. We are eager to help you build the backyard you deserve, complete with a beautiful deck you will enjoy for years to come.

Have other construction projects in mind? Check out these helpful links below to learn more about our other home contracting services:

Siding Installation
Dry Rot Repair
Window Installation
Handyman Services

Get in touch with our team in Albany to start your composite decking project today: (541) 926-4597

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