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What Are The Advantages Of Composite Decking?

Composite decking products are a relatively new decking material. Knowing the advantages of composite decking and how it compares to standard and pressure treated wood can help you decide whether or not composite decking is right for you.

What are the advantages of composite decking?

Composite decking has the appearance of natural stained wood, but performs differently. Composite decking is made from a combination of wood particles and plastic that has been squeezed together in a tough, low-maintenance board. Advantages of composite decking include:

  • No staining, sanding or sealing required. Traditional wood must be stained and sealed on a regular basis. Composite decking products are encapsulated in a plastic coating that make staining and sealing unnecessary.
  • Easy to clean. The protective outer shell of the composite decking prevents the material from absorbing stains and spills. This simplifies the cleaning process.
  • Color-customizable. Because the decking material is made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials, it’s easy to make the decking material in whatever colors desired. Homeowners who wish to match their decking material to their home will find it easier than ever to achieve the color they want.
  • Durable. Unlike natural wood, composite decking is resistant to rot and pests. Whereas natural wood may develop holes from invading insects and soft areas from wood rot, composite decking material has none of these problems.
  • Easy to shape. Composite decking can take the shape of curves and waves, making it easier to shape decks to the natural features of the landscape.

Does composite decking material require any regular maintenance?

Typically, composite decking will last through rain, wind or shine without needing care to ensure structural stability. Homeowners who want to ensure that their deck maintains its beauty should clean their deck periodically. The frequency with which you should clean the deck depends on how often you use the deck and what kind of activities take place there. Use a sponge or a mop to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the deck.

In some cases, dirt that builds up on the deck can become food for mold or fungus, which can eventually puncture the protective outer shell. Any mold that appears on the deck should be removed with soft bristle brush and warm, soapy water. If this happens, this is a sign that the deck is not being cleaned frequently enough, and the frequency of cleans should be increased accordingly.

For more information about composite decking material and how it can be used on your property, contact a contractor, like Robert G Miller Inc. He or she can answer your questions and give you more information about composite decking.