The Benefits of Composite Decking
Last Updated Jun 28, 2011 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald
There is no better place to relax, entertain, and enjoy your garden than from the comfort of your deck so you want a deck that will last the test of time, be low in maintenance, and be friendly to the environment. You can now have that by using composite decking materials in your new deck. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking is a type of manufactured decking that is made from a combination of recycled plastic, recycled timbers or wood products, and additives, bonding agents, stabilisers, and pigments. The result is a decking material that looks just like timber but that is lower in maintenance and able to stand up to harsher conditions. Composite decking products can be made in a number of different colours and grains in order to mimic a range of different natural timbers. You can use composite decking materials to create a deck as large or as small as you like as they will look equally as good as a small porch or as a large wraparound deck.
Why is Composite Decking a Great Choice?
Composite decking is a great choice for a number of reasons. Firstly is the fact that it is so low in maintenance. You’ll never have to repaint, re-oil or re-stain your deck, nor will you have to worry about it splintering, cracking, warping, rotting or fading in the sun. The composite decking also looks exactly like timber but it is a much more environmentally friendly alternative as it uses wholly recycled products such as recycled plastic, recycled hardwoods or wood products and rice husks. You will also not have to worry about fire with your deck as the product is naturally fire resistant.
Composite decking is also very cost effective. The cost of actually purchasing the product is equivalent to or less than buying real timber, and you will also save a bunch of money in maintenance as you don’t have to buy the equipment and products you need to sand, clean, repaint or re-stain the deck.
Another huge benefit of composite decking is the versatility that you have. The actual decking boards themselves are available in a range of lengths and widths to suit your needs and you can also choose between a range of different “grains” and colours. This means that you can choose a composite decking product that most closely resembles your favourite natural timber, whether that’s Jarrah, Merbau, Ironwood or something else altogether.
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