Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Decking Tips: Why Choose Composite over Wood

A deck can be a great addition to your home, especially if you like holding small outdoor parties. Apart from helping to secure your lawn from foot traffic, a deck offers a safer and more conducive space for get-togethers. The most popular material used for making decks is wood, but building construction advances have allowed for the use of other materials. One of the fast growing alternatives is composite.

Wood Plastic Composite

This material is made of wood fiber/flour and thermoplastics. The two basic components are integrated using special chemical additives. The result is a material that looks almost like real wood but has the durability of a plastic. When used to make planks for decking, it offers a plethora of advantages.

Unlike wood, WPC is highly resistant to rot, decay, and gribble worm attack. It also resists mold growth and the effects of the elements. It has good workability, which allows it to be shaped using typical carpentry tools. This means you can cut it into planks just like you would real wood. And since WPC lighter, you can expect its installation to be easy and fail-safe.


One obvious problem with wood is that it’s practically not sustainable. The demand for wood grows a lot faster than the rate by which trees grow, and the highest quality timber that you want for your decking may not always be available. WPC, on the other, can be recycled. Installing a composite deck, therefore, helps save trees, and therefore the planet.

To ensure that you will choose the right material for your decking, seek the advice of deck builders. With their vast experience, they can help you make an informed decision.

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