In a nutshell, composite wood is just like your average hardwood, but only better. There are a lot of things that make composite deck better than a regular deck made out of natural wood. In general, composite materials do not rot, they don’t splinter, and they don’t need staining. These three aspects alone make it an easy sell. Although, initial costs might be higher but in the long run, you’ll see that it is the more economical choice.
A backyard deck or any new or refurbished diagonal decking design gives you that stress free and laid back feeling of relaxing in your own home and in your very own space. However, wooden decks will require maintenance over time. This will set you back some cash and time in the next few years. Failing to do so will degrade the quality of wood. It can be quite a chore. Not to mention making replacements in hard to reach sections.
However, all of this can be eliminated with the use of composite materials. You can be sure that your deck and hot tub designs are safe and are in no way, damaged by the elements. When it comes to maintenance, there’s almost nothing to it. Just your regular wash down will do.
What’s inside your typical board of composite decking?
It may seem like it’s just another piece of wood, but there’s more to composite decking than just wood. Depending on the manufacturer, composite wood could have equal parts of plastics, wood fibers, and different pigments. The ingredients are then mixed and molded into their final shapes. They are then cut into lengths like the ones you can find in your local hardware. Usually, the wood fibers put into the mix are from reclaimed lumber and waste wood. Recycled plastic is also mixed in. Shopping bags and other recyclable plastics are put in as well. Companies that make these products often put a lot of effort into ensuring that their products are all eco-friendly.
How long is the usual warranty period?
Most manufacturers put a 20+ year warranty on their composite products. Although, the stated period of time may shorter compared to the actual lifespan of the materials. The usual wear and tear like scratches, stains, and fading, is not included in the warranty.
Are boards the only composite parts?
No. there are other decking parts that are made out of composite materials such as railings, balusters, treads, floor, and more. They also come in the same assortment of colors and textures.
Are composite decking materials flammable?
Yes, they are. Although, they do not catch fire that easily. Since composite decking has a more dense structure than wood, they are not easily burnt. They also make great alternative building materials that conform to local building codes.
What are the pros and cons of using composite decking?
First of all, the maintenance needed for decks made out of composite materials like plastic wood and co-extrusion timber is very minimal. There is also no need to bleach or stain your deck every single year. Aside from the reduced maintenance, composites also don’t rot or attract unwanted insects like termites. They also don’t warp when exposed to heat and moisture. Fading is also not an issue. Though, they do fade, but the amount of reduced vibrancy is very low.
One common problem that people have with composites is the price. In any case, composites are more expensive than natural wood. The prices also increase as the boards become more premium. However, this does not deter most costumers from buying because of its overall value. In a span of five years, customers can recoup the higher costs of composite decking, making it a viable option for many. Contact Futurewood if you need help or want to know more about composite decking.