Choosing which deck materials to use can be a difficult task. It can be difficult to choose between hardwoods and composite materials for your dream deck. Your outdoor deck will be a permanent fixture in your home or business, so you want to make the right decision before the construction process begins. Though there are several options, the two most common decking materials are hardwood and composite.
Hardwood is fantastic. It is all natural, but it also necessitates a lot of upkeep to keep it beautiful and strong. The composite material, on the other hand, is becoming increasingly popular in the decking industry. Composite is a man-made material that is typically made up of equal parts wood fibers and recycled plastics, with added colors, ultraviolet inhibitors, and preservatives.
The end result is an eco-friendly decking that is one of the strongest materials available for outdoor construction today. Composite decking uses a fraction of the trees required to produce hardwood decking, and it repurposes plastics, reducing the amount of waste in local landfills.
Composite decking is an excellent substitute for natural wood. It is possible to make it look and feel exactly like wood. More expensive composite decking options can even be purchased with wood-like shade variations and patterns similar to real wood planks.
Composite decking is extremely versatile and diverse, with a wide range of colors and patterns to choose from to help you personalize your deck to meet your specific needs and desires.
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We also build decks specifically for your home or company. Our decks are a professional addition to your property that is eye-catching on multiple levels. They include a one-of-a-kind extension that makes room for your company. Add a tiered deck with different levels for special corporate events and parties.
Alternatively, a small patio deck can be added to provide a private, shady area for client consultations. The exterior deck offers an appealing, comfortable, and informal setting for your customers to feel at ease.
In an eye-opening statistic, it is estimated that approximately 6 metres of composite decking contain approximately 13kg of material that would have traditionally been piled in a landfill. By instead using these products to create stunning outdoor decks, we not only help to save the environment, but we also gain the opportunity to own low maintenance, strong, and durable decks that will last and grace your gardens for generations.
Composite material provides the industry's strongest and most durable decking and is rapidly changing the way we think about outdoor decks and their capabilities.
When it comes to composite materials, keep two things in mind
One, regardless of the composite you choose, the main structural frame of your deck will still be made of wood.
Two, while composite decks are more expensive to install than hardwood decks, they will last longer and require less maintenance to maintain peak performance.
Deck owners can even match the railings, balusters, post caps and posts, decorative trim and skirts to the shade and texture of their composite decking. The main reason people prefer composite decking is the low maintenance it provides.
Although many composite decking options are beautiful, they can be costly, and some require special screws for installation. Make certain that you are aware of all hidden costs before deciding on your decking so that there are no surprises to your budgeted funds later.
If you are going to install your own deck, you will need to do your own research. Check to see if you are permitted to build a deck. If there are any building material restrictions that you should be aware of, as well as whether your preferred composite is permitted.
At the time of construction, some composite decking requires specific framing and fastener spacing. Check to see if your deck is permitted and built to code in case you are visited by local building officials. You may also need a permit to build your deck, and you should make sure that you are in compliance with all laws before beginning your project.
If you hire a professional installer, they will be familiar with these laws and restrictions and will construct your deck in accordance with them. They will also expertly, professionally, and quickly install your composite deck, getting you ready for fun in no time.
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Though composite decking has many advantages, it also has some disadvantages that you should be aware of before installing it. In the summer, composite decking can be extremely hot to walk on. Capped composite is the same as uncapped composite, but it can trap and retain heat for longer periods of time. If you choose composite decking, place it in a shadier area that does not receive a lot of sunlight. Also, choose a lighter color of decking so that your feet do not get burned.
If you choose a composite deck for your pool, make sure it has some sort of texture, as plain decking becomes slippery when wet, and texturized decking helps to maintain safety. Within the first two to three months of sun exposure, new composite decking will usually fade to a lighter shade. Your deck should no longer fade after this.
Composite is prone to scratching. When moving furniture and wearing high heels on your deck, use caution. Scratches cannot be removed, but they do tend to blend in with time. Food and grease can easily stain your composite deck.
Composite decking is a fantastic alternative to hardwood decking. Despite its drawbacks, composite decking is the ultimate solution to many of the problems associated with wood. Other man-made deck alternatives include PVC and plastic decking materials. They're all on the market and ready for you to shop and make an informed decision between.
These other decking types install similarly to composite decking but are not as long-lasting or as strong. For longevity, beauty, and innovation, composite is the only option.
A professional deck installer will be able to assist you in making the right decisions regarding wood decking materials as well as customizing your deck in terms of size, shape, and design.