What Are The Advantages Of Composite Decking?
Great looks - Long lasting - Maintenance free - Cost effective
Marketed as a great alternative to wood in outdoor decking construction, composite decking is quite simply one of the fastest-growing businesses in the industry. Many people choose composites, not only as a great alternative for wood but for its very own advantages as well.
If you’re considering building a deck, why would you want to choose composite decking? What are its advantages I hear you ask?
Another advantage of composite decking has to be the maintenance-free aspect. Aside from PVC, composites are far easier to maintain. You do not need to paint them like all wooden decks require, which also can add to your yearly expenses and hit you in the pocket. Instead, you’ll only need some mild soap solution and a soft-bristle brush and you’re ready to go! Composite decking is also fully resistant to fungi and moulds, provided that you clear them of dirt and debris regularly.
When it comes to budget, expect a higher initial cost when building composites. Composite decking materials can range from £30-50 per square meter, for hardwood. Softwoods can cost you from anywhere between £8-10 per square meter. For hardwood, expect to pay £10-30 per square meter depending on the type of wood. And finally, PVC cost around the same price as composites.
What makes composite decking good? Even though it may seem quite expensive at first, they can last a lot longer than any wooden decking. On average, softwood decking can only last for a maximum of around 15 years. Meanwhile, hardwoods last for around 25 years at most. As for composites, they can last for a minimum of 25 years. Some companies even assure that they can last for around 50 years.
Maintenance is a Plus
Another great feature of composite decking is that it’s really easy to install. They are lighter than most wooden materials. They don’t need to be cut and sawed. You also don’t need to sand them like wood. As for the installation, you can use hidden fastening systems for a sleeker look. Wood, on the other hand, often needs traditional fastening systems that leave out traces of nails and screws.
Ages very Well
All decking fades over time. That applies to composite decking as well. However, there’s a big difference between woods and composites.
Composites, specifically the capped ones, have a special layer that protects the materials from Ultra-violet light. With this coating, the fading of your deck will considerably slow down. Even if composite fades, the colour will only lighten. As for wooden decks, the patio will completely turn into grey when the colour fades.
If you love wooden decks but don’t like the disadvantages that it brings, composite patios are the way to go! They retain the strength of hard plastic fibres while giving the feel and look of real wood.
With composites, you can also choose different designs, shades and grains—no need to paint it like wood. You’ll get the colour and design that you want straight from the manufacturers. Please do note:- however, they are not designed to be painted. So, it’s best to think hard first about your preferred style before buying the materials.
Composite decking is the best of both worlds. It’s as elegant as wood and as durable and easy to maintain as PVC. It lasts long, and it’s safe for you and your family.