5 common myths about composite decking boards
Composite materials have changed the outdoor deck decoration industry as a substitute for traditional wood decking. Composites are gradually becoming popular in society as a new type of decorative material. As a result, there are many misconceptions about the appearance, cost, and performance of composite materials. Now, let’s discuss some myths about composite decking.
All the way into the modern world, pressure-treated wood decking is still the choice of many people. Traditional wood decking is the cheapest outdoor deck while you can buy it at any building store. Of course, the price of wood decking varies with the material. Nowadays, wood decking is no longer the only choice for people. This is because, in every way, composite decking is more suitable for outdoor decoration than wood decking. Compared with wood decking, composite decking has many advantages. Such as low maintenance, waterproof, mildew resistant, easy to install, etc.
The cost is too high
For outdoor decoration materials, price is one of the most important concerns. When the first generation of composite decking first appeared, it cost about three times as much as decking. Because of the price, and the lack of understanding of the new composite material. At the same time, the first generation of composite decking had a distinctly plastic appearance. For these reasons, most people still chose traditional wood decking.
However, with the progress of time and technology. The price of composite decking materials has gradually decreased, while the variety and colors have increased. Composite decking typically costs twice as much as pressure-treated wood decking. But it is cheaper than hardwoods such as IPE. Also, composite decking requires little to no maintenance after installation. This saves homeowners a lot of money in maintenance costs. In other words, the total cost of using outdoor composite decking over the long term is lower than wood decking.
The fact that composite decking requires no maintenance is one of its advantages. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave it completely alone. Composite decking doesn’t require regular remembering of sealing, painting, and other tasks. But composite deck flooring can also get dirty and you still need to do some cleaning.
The composite decking material is very easy to clean. Wine and oil stains are less likely to remain on a composite deck surface than on a wood deck. With a little soap and water every few months, your composite decking can look new again. While “maintenance-free” may be a misnomer, it is a fact that composite decking is low-maintenance.
The plastic feel is obvious.
For the first generation of composite decking, it did have a plastic look and feel. The improvement of technical means has removed the plastic texture of composite decking. For modern architectural decoration, composite decking is one of the most beautiful outdoor decking materials. Composite decking has an excellent natural look and a solid wood appearance. This provides the best aesthetic appearance. The result of superb craftsmanship and technology has exceptional beauty and quality. Bring a whole new atmosphere to your outdoor decor.
Composite decking stains and finishes are added at the time of manufacture. This means that homeowners can get it in any color they want. No matter what kind of house, there will always be the right composite decking to match your house. There is flexibility to meet the needs of any home project. With modern composites, you will better improve the appearance and resale value of your home.
Composite decking is difficult to install
In fact, composite decking is very easy to install. In other words, composite decking is much easier to install than most traditional wood decking. Even if you don’t have relevant installation experience, you can DIY install your outdoor deck by following the installation instructions.
Follow the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer with the help of an easy-to-install clip system. You can install your new deck effectively even if you have no experience in installing outdoor decks. When installed correctly, the deck will not warp, crack or break. Once installed, composite decking can be enjoyed immediately without sealing the deck.
Composite decking can fade, stain and scratch.
Early composite decking may fade or scratch easily. However, third-generation composites have a capped shell system. These capped composite decking resists fading, staining, and scratching. Capped composite decking can withstand decades of harsh weather, sunlight, and constant foot traffic. In addition, laminate decking manufacturers often offer a 25-year warranty, so you have no worries.
Composite decking is becoming more and more popular as our society grows. If you still have some concerns about composite decking, please contact us. We can provide free samples to give you a better understanding of composite decking. In addition, our professional team can answer your questions about composite decking.