Composite decking is another choice that homeowners can consider. Decks created of composite materials have some definite perks — they are relatively maintenance-free, and they never splinter or rot. Additionally, the life expectancy of composite decks is long, with manufacturer’s warranties typically in the 25 years to lifetime range. Some are even transferable when you sell your home, which is a plus for the new homeowner as well.
Composite Decking is the Ultimate for Care-Free Relaxation
When you think of your home’s deck, you likely think of snoozing in a hammock or grilling hot dogs while having a few beers with friends. Likely, what you do not want to think about is scrubbing, sanding and staining that wood decking requires regularly. Of course, replacing warped, rotted, or splintered decking boards is also a reality with a wood deck. Composite decking removes all those problems for homeowners.
Once only available in gray, homeowners embraced composite decking because of its low-maintenance
properties. However, now that it is available in products that look like cedar or Brazilian walnut, sales are very robust. In fact, last year over $1 billion was spent on composite boards. Obviously, many homeowners have embraced the materials so they can spend time relaxing and not working on their decks.
What is Composite Decking Made From?
Composite decking is great for the environment because it is made from waste materials. Amazingly, these composite boards mix equal parts of ground up wood fibers with recycled plastics. So, this means lots of plastic milk containers and shopping bags kept out of landfills and given a new life and purpose. The combination is typically heated and then extruded, with the embossing of wood grain done on them before they cool.
What Else Should You Know about Composite Decking?
Composite decking pricing runs in the middle of decking options. It is more expensive than treated pine decking but usually less costly than hardwood decking.
The only care that composite decking really needs is an annual scrubbing with a mild soap and water solution to remove debris and dust.
Composite boards are used for much more than deck flooring. Fascia boards, balusters, stair treads, railings and deck posts are available to match or contrast.
Composite decking will burn, but it takes a much higher temperature than a wood deck. In fact, composite decking typically meets the California Wildland-Urban Interface Building Code, which is very strict.