Composite decks and manufactured decking is quickly becoming the most popular choice. Manufactured decks are built of materials that just keeps improving. Through technological advances in the last two decades, these materials are some of the best available. But, most composite deck owners take for granted the ease-of-use that comes with composite decks. We will nine times out of ten recommend that new deck builds should be done using composite materials, simply for the durability and strength as well as the value it brings to a home. Since composite is made up of recycled materials, this is also an eco-friendly option!
New homeowners looking to replace a forgotten deck, or for long-time homeowners looking to renovate their yard should consider a composite deck. It’s a great opportunity to better utilize the space in your yard and focus on the aesthetic appeal outside of your home. There are a variety of materials used to deliver a visually outstanding deck for you to entertain friends and family with which can be found in our products section.
TYPES OF MATERIALS FOR COMPOSITE DECKING
These materials are all used for the walking surface of the deck area. Each has its own pros and cons that come it. The surface area of decks is made of either composite, PVC or Cap-stock/hybrid. Some of these have protective shells or a coating.
This is what most people think of when they hear “Composite Decks” although there are a number of options available. Composite is a wood plastic. This means that it is a blend of plastic and wood fibres blended together. Usually, you can see the wood in a composite deck if you’re looking closely enough. Composite materials are generally a wonderful choice for decking and have the longest reputation for long-term use. The variance of manufactures isn’t very diverse, and the differences are usually only cosmetic. There are different grades available where the difference in quality is detectable on sight alone. The price point is probably what’s going to determine which composite material you use. The higher the price point you should expect to not only have an increase in visual quality. The more expensive composite material should retain its color longer, hold up to scuffs and scrapes better, and fend off stains.
PVC and Cap-Stock
PVC and Cap-Stock decking have some advantages when compared with basic composite decking. It is far more resistant to fading and staining. So much so that most manufacturers will offer a fade and stain warranty. Speak with your composite deck builder if this is material you’re considering using PVC and cap-stock. These products have a bit more resistance to scratching. Where composite decking material is easily scratch from someone walking across it or dragging a chair, these materials aren’t so easily phased. The downside of PVC and Cap-stock is that most of the time they don’t exactly look like wood. Some manufacturers are delivering higher quality deep wood tones. They retain their low-maintenance while appearing closer to that wood deck appeal that most homeowners want. Aside from other composites available, PVC and cap-stock are more durable, cleans easier and is highly recommended by us and many other professional deck builders.
Benefits Of Using Composite Materials For Decks
There isn’t just one reason that most people prefer the variety of composite materials when building their deck. Any general contractor will tell you that although the material itself isn’t superior to all forms of wood, they offer a unique set of benefits. The composite material is known for its resistance to cracking or splitting. The only time you should see any type of cracks would be near the ends of a board. Usually, these occur from over-tightening a screw or if the railing is especially tight in this area. This isn’t an uncommon thing to come across and most of the time you’ll never notice. If you are concerned about small cracks, communicate with your composite deck builder that you don’t want to see these. That way they can take extra care around railing and drilling. When using composite materials, you should expect your deck to last about thirty years or so. They usually stand up better to decay and rot when compared to wood decking options. Your local home improvement company can help you decide what the risk of rot and decay is in your area. For a long-lasting and beautiful composite deck, many deck builders will use manufacturers like Azek or Trex.
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