Do Squirrels Chew on Composite Decking?

Grey squirrel sitting on the railing of a red-brown deck

Have you ever seen a squirrel munching on a stick or other piece of wood? Maybe your deck has even been a victim of squirrel vandalism! While it might seem like your home has been the target of unfair squirrel abuse, these critters aren’t attacking your decking for fun; they aren’t even doing it for taste. Squirrels chew on wood to clean, sharpen, and maintain their teeth. To prevent this damage from happening to your outdoor living area, consider replacing your wooden deck with a composite upgrade! Why? Squirrels typically don’t chew on composite decking, and here’s why:

Why Your Composite Deck Is Safe From Squirrels

While wood is a sturdy material, long-term exposure to the elements can make it swell and soften. This results in a nice, chewy material that’s perfect for squirrels to nibble on. Composite, on the other hand, is resistant to moisture. Because of this, it won’t be tempting for your furry backyard residents to sink their teeth into your deck. 

Other Benefits of Composite Decks

Of course, it’s exciting to know that a composite deck will stand strong against any squirrel invasions. But that’s not the only reason why homeowners choose to have composite decking installed. This material resists any sort of warping, rotting, or splinting, so your deck should stand strong for plenty of years to come. Plus, you won’t have to waste time power washing or painting your deck because composite doesn’t stain or fade. Your deck won’t need much upkeep, aside from occasionally being hosed off! 

Are you ready to combat squirrels and other aspects of Mother Nature by having a composite deck built onto your home? Tundraland is the company that Wisconsin residents trust for custom deck installations. Speak with one of our knowledgeable team members today!

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