Low Maintenance Composite Decks

Benefit of Low Maintenance Composite Decks

Low maintenance decking is the only way to go. With all the advances in the industry and the closing of the price gap between composite decks and and pressure treated decking it just simply doesn’t make sense to install pressure treated decking. Do things right the first time and don’t regret your decision later.

Wood or Composite Deck?

 “What is the best decking material?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. We are here to help you narrow down your choices, there are many considerations to think about. We know your deck is an investment that will add significant value to your home, whether you choose traditional wood or composite deck materials. While the cost is often a major contributing factor when planning a deck project, it’s very important we understand the value of what you’re getting in a composite deck. You’ve probably already seen the difference in cost between composite decking and natural wood; composite materials are more expensive per linear foot. But to truly understand the value, we must look at the whole picture. Protecting a wood deck’s aesthetics, length of life and value over the long-term takes much more effort and expense than that required to maintain a composite deck, composite deck only requires a periodic wash with mild soap and water. Plus, most composite products are backed by extended warranties.

 

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Composite Decks From Plastic Garbage

The growing impact of human innovation on the natural environment has led to various initiatives towards conservation of nature. The production of eco-friendly goods is one of them. Building Composite Decks with eco-friendly products could bring significant change to the environment.Replacement of standard deck with much eco-friendly composite deck  in the garden is a real possibility nowadays. Composite decks are entirely or chiefly made of recycled and reclaimed materials. Due to lack of requirement of fresh timber, the trees in the forests stand much safer than they do otherwise. Besides, composite decks are made to resist molds and stains so that chemical cleaners are not required. Thus, their maintenance is inexpensive but their look is as good or better then the traditional wood ones.

What Composite Decks Don't Need

Whereas wood deck requires regular power washing, sanding, sealing/staining or you will be dealing with rot or damage repair. Whether you hire a contractor or perform the maintenance yourself, these maintenance costs will add up over the life of the deck. And once you’ve considered these costs, a composite deck can actually be less expensive over its life cycle.

Why Composite Decks Are The Right Decision

Now that we have eased the cost barrier, let’s take a more detailed look at the benefits of composite materials.
While wood decking is nailed or screwed down and very simple to install, composite decking manufacturers have created special fasteners that creating a clean look with no screws to lift or rise over time. 
A major benefit of composite decking is that you will less maintenance No staining, sealing or painting like traditional wood materials. Most higher-quality synthetic decking materials are backed by a warranty against splitting, cracking, rotting and insect damage.
While composite decking will save you time, energy and money in the long-run, there is no such thing as a truly no-maintenance decking material. Any outdoor living space will require occasional cleaning of dirt and debris. 

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Composite Deck Life Expectancy

Traditional wood decks have an average lifespan of 10-15 years with routine annual maintenance the amount will be depending on the quality of wood used and the effects of different climates in your area. Composite decks have an average lifespan of 25-30 years with only minimal upkeep in comparison to natural wood decking. This is partly due to it being made from materials that are resistant to weather, rot and insect damage.
Composite decking is eco-friendly! Many manufacturers use recycled materials, this helps keep plastic, rotten wood out of landfills and reduces the amount of tree cutting needed. So, while adding value to your home, you’re helping the environment, at the same time.

Composite Decks Have Improved Over Time

Composite deck material has come a long way in terms of variety, offering a wide range of looks including wood shades, hues and grains to suit almost any taste while complementing almost any architectural style.
Most composite decking products are made out of recycled or reclaimed materials, with polyethylene (HDPE or LDPE) plastic or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mixed with wood fibre, rice hulls or other fillers, as well as a blend of chemical additives.
Today’s composite materials perform better than the original versions, which have been known to be damaged from exposure to the elements, and could also be easily damaged over time from wear and tear. New formulations and additions; such as special capstock protecting the board; composite materials are now much more resilient. A deck built with today’s composite materials is resistant to wear and tear, fading, colour change and damage from the elements, especially water. In this world of reviews be careful when researching composite products; many of the reviews could be outdated. 
Another improvement is the tremendous variety of natural-looking colours to choose from, including many variegated tones that realistically imitate exotic hardwood grain patterns.

Over the years, composite decking has proven its value, evolving into a go-to decking material for more homeowners and commercial contractors alike because of its long-term benefits, low maintenance and durability.