What is Composite Decking?
Composite Decking is the better alternative to traditional decking. Its a combination composite materials such as Wood, Bamboo Fiber, Recycled Plastic (HDPE) and a Chemical component which includes UV protection.
What is it made out of?
Composite Decking materials is 60% recycled Wood ,Bamboo Fiber, 30% Recycled Plastic (HDPE) and a 10% Chemical component which includes UV protection.
How long does composite decking last?
Composite Decking is known for its long life span. Since the plastic protects the wood fibers from the elements, composite decking isn’t prone to rotting, decay, or termite damage. Composite Decking often comes with warranties ranging from 10-25 years that guarantee it won’t rot or suffer structural damage under normal residential conditions.
Is it easy to install and work with?
The product is designed with the client in mind making it easier than traditional wood to work with making installation a breeze.
What’s the difference between hollow and solid core boards?
Solid boards look more like wood, and as the name states, are solid all the way through. Hollow boards look slightly more man-made and feature ribbed centers.
Does Composite Decking require maintenance?
Composite Decks require minimal maintenance. Regularly clear off any debris like leaves, dirt, and dust. Give your deck a more thorough clean at least twice a year using just a brush, hose, and mild household cleaner. Don’t use power washers, as they can damage Composite Decks. Unlike wooden decks, Composite Decking doesn’t require staining, waterproofing, or sealing.
Do I need special equipment or tools to install Composite Decking?
You don’t need special tools to install Composite Decking, but you do need standard woodworking tools for cutting and building. Since Composite Decking materials cut just like wood, you can use a circular saw or a miter saw for installation. This type of decking also accepts nails and screws like real wood.
What are the disadvantages of composite decking?
- A pricey alternative to wood. Durability comes at a cost, as composite decking is more expensive than wood.
- Composites aren't natural.
- Composite decks aren't completely maintenance free.
- You'll need to comparison shop.
What is the difference between Trex and composite decking?
Although Trex contains plastic, it's a composite decking material. As a result, you get the the eye-catching look of rich wood with the durability of a composite. Backed by a 25-year limited warranty, it's environmentally friendly and designed to remain free of rotting, splitting, splintering, insect damage.
How long do composite decks last?
Because composite decking is weather, insect, and rot resistant, making it last for 25 to 30 years or longer.
Can I pressure wash composite decking?
Pressure washing is not usually recommended for composite decking. If done incorrectly, it can be a big mistake. Pressure washing too close or using too much pressure can be ruinous for your deck. Composite decking material is softer than natural wood and therefore can be “etched” more easily.
Why is my composite deck warping?
Warping occurs when the decking's surface is exposed to sunlight. The decking becomes hot and starts to distort gradually. It happens during thermal expansion when the decking absorbs heat from the sun and expands. The heat from the sun causes the decking to be flexible.
Do composite decks get hot?
But how hot can composite decking get in the sun? One study found that in direct sunlight, composite decks can reach temperatures from 34° to 76° F hotter than the surrounding air. On an 80° day, that could mean a deck surface temperature of more than 150°
How much value does a composite deck add to a house?
Since composite decks require less maintenance and have longer lifespan than the other type of decks, it's more valuable compared to the others. Building a composite deck costs up to $15,900 and a recoup of $10,800. It means that the added value is up to 68%. Thus, many homeowners build composite decks to their homes.
How do I stop my composite deck from scratching?
Heavy furniture or furniture with metal legs is particularly susceptible to causing scratches, so it's best to protect your deck with furniture leg pads. There are a lot of different kinds of furniture leg pads on the market including rubber, plastic, foam etc.
Is composite decking worth the money?
There is no doubt that composite decking material is more expensive than wood. However, it is valued for its striking resemblance to natural wood and efficiency making it an excellent choice for decking. It is easier to clean and maintain which makes it last long enough to transfer the same value to the next homeowner.