Some four decades back, the deck construction market saw the introduction of pressure-treated lumber which became the conventional go-to material for constructing and replacing porches, decks and other outdoor living spaces in no time. Nowadays, composite decking material, usually made from cellulose fibre or waste wood and recycled plastic, is being utilised more and more in deck construction and replacement.
There are many advantages of using this sustainable product and here are the top five advantages of using the composite decks:
Unlike wood, composite deck boards withstand scratching, fading, warping, splintering and cracking. Wood decks are no doubt beautiful, but sadly, they deteriorate quite rapidly. Hot summers, wet springs and frigid winters leave these decks faded, warped and splintered. Garden decking, especially, is exposed to the elements all year round so needs to be robust. The process of manufacturing wood and plastic decking results in low-maintenance and sturdy decking performance.
Wood decks ask for washing and sealing – a process that takes time and requires heavy equipment. Composite decks, on the other hand, look as beautiful for decades while asking for minimal maintenance. As a matter of fact, you would hardly need to bother about staining, painting or sanding. All you will need to do is to clean it with a solution of soap and water once a year.
Composite decks look very similar to real wood; however, this is minus the environmental repercussions of deforestation. Many of these decks are made from recycled materials like wood scraps and polyethylene. This means that not only the trees are saved but even complete waste materials are recycled.
Unlike the wood decks, composite decks are slip-resistant and splinter-free. This means more safety. Also, as we discussed above, the composite decks can withstand natural elements very well and thus any deck collapse risk is minimised.
Colour and Accessory Selection
Maufacturers of composite decking material give you so many colour choices. A lot of them emulate the feel and look of the traditional lumber. Not only do you have choices in colours but you can even find accessories such as handrails, railings, post caps and gates to add solar deck lighting if you want. These accessories are designed to enhance and complement the safety and beauty of your deck while allowing you to design your own unique outdoor living space experience!
Both traditional and composite decks have their own advantages. What you choose for your home is going to be your personal choice in the end.