The Advantages of Composite Decking
Composite decking has grown in popularity over the past few years thanks to its simplicity and no-fuss options. The wood-plastic composites were first introduced into the market in the early 1990s and have since then grown popular as manufacturers add new versions.
Composite wood consists of traditional timber blended with other recycled materials to come up with a products that is much stronger and more durable with the same natural look and appeal. Equal parts of wood and plastic is blended with pigments UV inhibitors and borate preservatives. Then they are heated and extruded, and if texture is to be included it is embossed onto the warm surface before it can cool.
Composite wood offers a low maintenance wood alternative ideal for decking, garden rooms and fencing. Below are some of the advantages of composite decking.
Composite decking is designed for maximum durability. While traditional decking may look just as appealing, it is prone to harsh weather causing it to fade and warp. Composite decking is durable in that it resists fading, staining, mold, scratching and will not rot, crack or warp. It also is insect-proof and splinter free making it safer and more suitable for families with kids and pets.
When it comes to composite decking, you don’t have to worry about staining, to sand or painting. All that it requires is the occasional cleaning with soap and water and you can be guaranteed of its stability for several years.
The initial cost of wood is in most cases less compared to composite. But, when you add in the cost of on-going maintenance on a wood deck including cleaning and sealing every few years, the composite deck comes out on top. It also adds value to home making it the best investment.
Normally, the composite decking offers the look and feel of wood without the environmental impact. The deck boards are made from recycled items such as reclaimed industrial wood scraps and recycled plastic from normal items such as newspaper sleeves and shopping bags.
Design and Color
Composite decks feature high-definition wood grain pattern, and rich, saturated colors which makes them, look and feel more natural than ever before. The colors range from deep earth tones to spicy red and pristine grey, including the tropically-inspired boards that have a distinct streaked look of exotic hardwoods. Additionally, homeowners can pick a variety of composite accessories such as railings, gates, stairs, and furniture to create an outdoor space that is truly customized.
If you are still stuck on whether or not to add a deck to your home due to things like cost, maintenance, and durability, then you need to consider the composite decking. Wood decks make an attractive deck, but nothing can beat the durability of a composite deck.