What You Should Know About Composite Decking
Composite Decking is made from artificial deck boards manufactured by mixing recycled plastics, wood fiber and bonding agents. It is durable and a low-maintenance option for homeowners.
Is composite decking slippery when wet?
Composite Plastic Timber Decking is made from a variety of materials, including recycled polyethylene (HDPE) and PVC plastic. It is also blended with wood fiber, rice hulls or other fillers and a blend of chemical additives.
What It Looks Like
Composite boards come in a wide range of colors and grain patterns to suit your tastes. Manufacturers also offer different finishes and optional features, making it easy to find a composite board that works best for you.
How It Resists Moisture
The polyethylene in composite decking boards is a tough, non-toxic, UV-resistant material that is impervious to rot and other corrosive elements. This is a big advantage over traditional wooden decks, which can be damaged by water or decayed by insects.
How It Retains Heat
Most composite decking absorbs and retains heat much more than traditional wood. This can cause the boards to scorch, which can be uncomfortable for you and your guests to walk on.
What It Does Well
In addition to being low-maintenance, composite boards resist splinters, rot, mold, and mildew. It’s also less expensive to maintain than wood because it only requires cleaning with a pressure washer and occasional staining or sealing.
Regardless of the composite you choose, keep in mind that your new decking will expand and contract with changes in temperature. This movement can cause the boards to split, delaminate, and peel. If you’re concerned about the durability of your composite decking, choose a material that stays cool, such as polypropylene or mineral-based composite (MBC).