Two popular options often pop up when choosing high-quality decking material: teak and composite. Both types of wood naturally grow in a tropical climate like the Bay area, where they have adapted to intensely competitive and wet conditions. Regardless of your choice, Bay Area Cable Railing guarantees highly sturdy wood with rich color.

Both types of wood are among the most sought-after for outdoor features, but most industry experts recommend composite lumber for decking. If you have a decking project lined up, we can help you choose a suitable material that aligns with your needs. Here are the key differences between teak and composite decking.


Teak offers a more traditional and timeless look. It exudes a warm feeling, especially after sanding or being newly installed. The classic appearance and enhanced durability make it a status symbol and a worthwhile investment. Composite decking offers more flexibility and freedom of design, allowing us to customize traditional or contemporary decking. The texture and color of composite decking last for an extended period. Whichever decking material you choose, we can personalize the design to suit your aesthetic preferences.


Teak is exceptionally durable with proper care and maintenance and lasts 15 to 20 years. The deterioration rate is determined by sanding frequency or usage, hence the need to schedule routine inspections with a trusted Bay area railing company. Composite decks, on the other hand, can last over 20 years, which can be achieved with proper installation, quality materials, and proper maintenance. Although some inferior composite material causes adhesive failures because of shrinking, we use high-quality materials with UV inhibitors to reduce these effects.


As mentioned, maintenance is vital to enhance durability and appeal. Teak decks should be cleaned by scrubbing with a one-part cleaner medium. If more aggressive restoration is required, we recommend sanding. Refrain from chemical cleaning or power washing, as it removes softwood and leaves ridges containing contaminants and dirt. Composite is generally easy to clean with soap, water, or power washing. We can assess the condition of your decking material and recommend the most effective maintenance that suits your needs.


A Teak is a natural surface that’s non-skid in both wet and dry conditions. Composite materials offer similar benefits, which makes both decks a safe option. It is imperative to schedule regular maintenance checks with a Bay area railing company to address minor safety concerns before wreaking havoc. Leverage our expertise and experience to ensure your deck remains in tip-top shape throughout the year.


The supply is drastically reducing as legally sourced, old-growth trees diminish. This has steadily increased timber costs, forcing most property owners on a budget to consider cheaper options. According to most publications, composite materials are almost half the price of teak. However, quality and installation vary widely depending on the manufacturer. We use high-end materials and industry-standard tools to enhance the quality of installation without breaking the bank.

Whichever decking material is best for you, we can guarantee durable and high-quality wood. While composite decking is more popular, we can ensure a great look if you choose teak. Contact us at Bay Area Cable Railing and schedule a consultation with our representatives to enjoy quality services at competitive rates.