The demand for composite decking is increasing year-on-year. The number of manufacturers is also growing. More manufacturers means more competition, and more competition means improved products.
This is all great news for anyone installing a deck. Today, you can get a composite deck that meets all your requirements – quick to install, eco-friendly, easy maintenance, timber-like finish and long lasting. What more could you want?
Well, before you jump in and start choosing colours, there are a few crucial things to know before installing composite decking, such as the price, what it’s made of and how long it will last. To help you make your decision, let’s lay down the facts about composite decking.
What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is usually manufactured using a combination of recycled plastics and wood products. Most of the wood used in composite decking is also recycled – usually wood fibres leftover from places such as sawmills and cabinet making shops. Composite decking also includes decking products made from other materials such as wood fibre cement, mineral composites and even 100% plastic materials.
Apart from the environmental benefits, composite decking was created to provide homeowners with a low maintenance decking option. After all, isn’t that what decks are for, relaxing?
Who makes Composite Decking?
In Perth, and around Australia, we have consistently hot summers. Many of the composite decks sold by Decking Perth have been specifically chosen to suit our climate.
What are the costs of Composite Decking?
A composite deck will cost more upfront than a timber deck. However, it pays to look at the long-term costs. That will give you a better idea of which product is best for you.
In general, you can expect to pay around $90 – $300 per square metre for a quality composite deck, including fixings. Labour and subframe material costs are on top of that price.
So, what qualifies as long-term costs? Maintenance is the big one. A timber deck will require ongoing maintenance. Whether that’s staining, sanding or repainting, you will need to invest your time and money to keep your deck looking good.
A composite deck, on the other hand, will require much less maintenance to keep it looking new. That’s the payoff.
Who installs Composite Decking?
It is recommended that you employ a qualified tradesman to install your composite deck.
Hiring someone who installs decking for a living will not only give you a better finish, it’ll be completed a lot quicker.
A qualified tradie will also know the different manufacturers’ installation requirements, the Australian Standard 1684 Timber Framing Code and local council building, planning and privacy requirements.
At Decking Perth, we deal with local installers daily and can recommend a professional installer for your job.
Does Composite Decking require much maintenance?
A regular sweep or the occasional wash with warm soapy water is really all that is needed to keep your composite deck clean.
New composite decking is capped with a protective guard, so even spillages from food and drink can be easily cleaned off. The capping also allows you to clean your deck with a high-pressure cleaner. Double check which generation your decking is to ensure that you won’t cause any damage with a high-pressure cleaner.
Can Composite Decking be installed over concrete?
The short answer is yes. But, be aware composite decking requires air circulation and adequate drainage to prevent excessive moisture or humidity build up.
You need to consider an appropriate joist system when installing decking over concrete, pavers and bricks – one that will adhere to the decking manufacturer’s warranty. Talk to your supplier or installer about decking accessories, such as the Low-Rider aluminium decking joist system.
How long does Composite Decking last?
Each brand carries its own warranty. Some manufacturers guarantee their product for up to 50 years. In general, composite decking is a tough product and, if installed correctly and maintained regularly, it should last many decades.
If you’ve got more questions to ask before you install your composite decking, contact Decking Perth and talk to the friendly team.
Getting a quote on your new composite deck is easy too. We’ll help you choose your product, send you a quote and even get you in touch with a qualified installer. Get a quote today.