Composite Deck Questions Answered
Considering a composite deck? It’s time to learn about the benefits of composite decking.
Traditional Deck Vs. New Generation Composite Deck
Composite decking is a wood-alternative to consider, if you plan to build a new deck. New generation of composite decking possesses the most desirable qualities valued by new deck owners, such as, low-maintenance and high performance. Compared to a traditional wooden deck, the deck built with composite decking has durability, higher mold and mildew resistance, and in general offers a splinter free surface. In contrast, a wooden deck should be painted or stained periodically to prevent cracking, splitting or splintering. Depending on the composite decking brand you chose, you may enjoy the manufacturer’s fade & stain residential warranty for as long as 30-years by TimbertechⓇ or 25-years by TrexⓇ.
Composite Decking is An Eco-Friendly Decking
Most of composite decking materials are made out of recycled wood and recycled plastic and use an earth-friendly manufacturing process without use of toxic chemicals, while producing zero water waste. Here are some interesting facts. TrexⓇ claims that the average 500 sq. ft composite Trex deck may contain up to 140,000 recycled bags and in general it recycles up to 400 million pounds of plastic and wood every year that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
History of Composite Decking
The first generation of plastic-composite decking was introduced to homeowners in the 1990s and was highly priced with a limited color selection. This early uncapped generation of composite decking was vulnerable to staining, fading, mold and mildew. However, as the manufacturing technology developed, a new generation of capped composite decking was introduced to the home improvement market. Capped composite decking has a cover that is bonded to the core during manufacturing. This cover-cap provides protection for the composite underneath in order to provide increased fade, stain, and scratch resistance. This capping also contains UV inhibitors and antioxidants. In addition a beautiful array of colors could be added at just the right time to increase the visual appeal of the decking. New capped composite decking boards come in a variety of colors with embossed wood grains giving them a wood like look as compared to wood decking.
Ready to Design Your New Deck?
We know that every project is different and design components vary with each homeowner. Take a look at what composite decking products and accessories we offer to help you design your dream deck.
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