Composite decking gives an immediate lift to any area, creating an exquisite outdoor experience within your sacred space.
If you’re not familiar with it, composite decking is man-made, an equal mix of recycled wood fibres and recycled plastic. Because of this, it lasts much longer than wood decks because of their impervious to rot.
Despite decks adding so much to your home, it can entail a complex installation process, and this is what we’ll focus on in this article, as well as the background information and benefits of traditional wood decking vs. composite decking.
We’ll also analyse the process of installing composite decking to achieve optimal performance.
What is Composite Decking?
Historically, timber was the primary material used for the construction of decking.
But the early 1990’s heralded a new era with the invention of wood-plastic composites.
In those days though, composites came in bland uniform colours (mostly grey) and had a definite plastic look. Recent advancements have given rise to the manufacturing of composites that mimic the look of exotic soft/hardwoods.
Natural Wood vs. Composites
With a projected market size of AUD 4.01 billion by 2020, more and more homeowners are jumping on the composite train.
This is because decreased and lower maintenance costs and a longer lifespan means that in the long run, it’s an efficient, cost-effective alternative to wood decking.
Other benefits of composites include:
- Resistance to harsh weather conditions
- Resistance to mould and insects
- Resistance to staining and fading
- Lower maintenance costs
In summary, you should know that composite decking has a higher initial cost than wood, so to aid you in your decision of composite vs. wood, invest in composite for longer lasting decking. Otherwise, choose timber for a more affordable outlay upfront, but a shorter lifespan and more upkeep.
Installing Composite Decking
The use of hidden fasteners or the new Snap-LOC clip is employed in the installation of composite decks, which makes the process relatively easier.
Composite decking boards require proper fitting to avoid the negative consequences of warping, cracking, sagging, and buckling. If installing it yourself, it is important that you follow installation instructions to the letter as improper fitting could lead to damages or reduction in the lifespan and efficiency of the product.
Creating adequate gapping between the decking boards and spacing of other components such as joists are critical due to the expansion and contraction associated with temperature and weather changes.
Also, drainage and airflow are essential to preserving composite decking from degradation.
Benefits for Contractors
Newer materials used in the production of composite decking are eco-friendly.
Brands like Trex use 95% recycled materials in line with green technology. Therefore, composites have gained wide acceptance over the last two-and-a-half decades due to these unique attributes.
As a result, contractors gain more work from the ever-expanding composite industry. An added benefit is that decks last longer due to environmental-friendly materials.
Proper installation is critical, however, as it ensures that your deck stays good looking, lasts longer, and requires as little maintenance as possible.
Choosing the right material for installing decking in your home is important as it affects not only the look but the usability of your outdoor living and entertainment area.
Composite decking in your sacred space gives an elegant new look, is functional and provides additional beauty to the outdoor experience.
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