Things You Should Know About Composite Decking
These days the use of non-wood or synthetic decking in housings has increased. The material used in decking comes under the category of composites. If you’re thinking to choose a composite decking here are some things you should know.
Artificial Decking is Not Always a Composite
The byproducts of natural wood are what we call “True Composite Decking”. This includes sawdust, vinyl resins or even recycled bamboo this bonded via resins. The conventional decking material includes plastic or PVS, it is not included in composites and is not used very frequently either.
Composite Lumber Can Be Costly
If you are looking for a high-quality composite decking then it will cost you two to three times more than cedar planking. Although, if you compare a high-end composite to a cheaper one it all comes down to the style, color or consistency rather than the quality of the product. If a less pricey product can cover what you need then always go for the cheaper one.
Restrictions on Composite Decking
Even though the use of composites is being incorporated in decking frequently there are still some restrictions imposed on it by the construction industry as per their code of conduct and regulations. Even if they allow surface decking with composites they might not allow it on stairway treads or railing parts. You should always make sure what your local building inspection office allows or restricts on decking materials.
Good Quality Composites Have Woody Appearance
High-quality composites have a woody and realistic feel. They might have varying patterns so that the adjacent boards have a different color, tone, and patterns. However, these composite planks might fence in dust and dirt which can be very difficult to clean.
Composite decking might be costly than low to medium range natural wood however, it should be noted that in the long run, it is beneficial as it requires less maintenance later on.