One of the most important decisions you’ll make when you design your dream deck is which kind of decking material to use. Composite decking has the look of wood but none of the problems including it corroding or damages from termite. Composite decking in Canada is a low-maintenance alternative that withstands the severity of Canadian weather with limited and ensures maximum deck board stability. Wood decking is common with homeowners because it is familiar, readily accessible, and inexpensive. Composite wood, on the other hand, has been developed to mimic the vibrant, realistic look of wood without the hassles of preserving a wood deck.
What is Composite Decking?
A composite deck is simple to mount and slice and can be handled like wood. Every brand of composite decking comes in a range of colours, tones, and designs, as well as different sizes of lengths and widths. Composite decking is different from conventional wood decking in that composite boards are mounted on pressure-treated timber for a deck that is new or being replaced.
PVC, wood flour (a reclaimed post-industrial material), wood fibres, polyethylene, or a hardwood and polypropylene mix are the primary ingredients of composite decking. Composite decking is soft to the touch, comfortable to walk on barefoot, and offers excellent stability.
A form of composite decking known as capped has an additional coating glued to the board throughout the production process. It’s also scratch-resistant, unlike wood and standard composite.
Special technology is used to build a fibre-like inner structure in non-wood composites. With almost no water absorption, it is also up to 35% lighter than a wood composite, as it also has minimal thermal contraction and expansion.
Resin decking is made entirely of low-maintenance engineered polymer material that is free of wood fibres and organic material. Resin decking is fully recyclable and termite-resistant.
Key Benefits of Composite Decking
- High-quality longevity as it is a maintenance-free decking material
- There’s no need to spray or paint, which saves time and money.
- No rotting, spinning, splintering, breaking, or warping is a concern. This is particularly important for shoeless walks on the deck, as well as for children and pets with more sensitive feet.
- A wide range of colours is available as a part of composite decking options.
- Low upkeep: simple to clean and install. It just needs to be swept up or washed to maintain its wood-like appearance.
- Resistant to mould, rot, and fungal decay
- Withstands the extreme weather conditions especially in Canada that has harsh winters.
- Immune to warping
- Resistant to slipping
- It has a long life which is a better return on investment
- Composite decks also known as plastic decking are simple to cut and attach with standard household equipment. One advantage of composites is that they can be bent more quickly (by heat treatment) to form curved deck parts.
Composite decking is a great choice when trying to choose through dozens of options. For more information on composite decking, we can assist you today! Contact us at living construction.