The newest name in decking is composite decking. Not many people understand it well, although there is not all that much difference between it and the wood it comes from. Composite decking is a blend of sawdust and a binder to give it form and structure. This recycling makes it a good environmental choice, as the wood that goes into its construction is the waste from other wood products, and no trees have to be cut down specifically to make it.
Using Composite Decking
Composite decking has some properties similar to wood. It can be cut with a saw, nailed, or screwed in place like wood as well. But for all those similarities it can also surprise with its subtle differences.
The biggest difference is in designing to use it; composite decking uses preformed molding that completely forms trims, so that you don’t have to miter the joints to build the base trims for the posts and so forth. This means that when you are planning on using it, it is important to consider all these joints and just how you want to assemble them. Then you can purchase the right pieces in the right amounts.
The other differences come on the other end of the construction process. Composite decking doesn’t have to be painted as it will assume a pleasant grey tone as it weathers. If you don’t care for that, then it takes to paint as well, although some priming may help create a smoother texture. It is important to remember that if it is painted, the paint will still have to be maintained.
It also takes considerably less maintenance than wood. Wood decks should really be treated at least once a season, but composite decking can rely on the strength of its base to resist weather better. This can help offset the costs of the decking and help make the choice an easier one. This trait can also help with the environmental claims, as many fewer chemicals are sprayed into your personal environment.
There are many reasons that can sway you to using composite decking and possibly offset its higher cost. Environmentally, it can be more responsible than wood and yet remain easier to work with than some of the other decking options out there. It’s up to you to decide whether the environmental benefits and lower maintenance make up for the higher cost upfront.