The 4 Reasons That Make Composite Decking A Great Choice
More durability, low maintenance, better workability and greater resistance to the elements are some benefits of choosing composite decking for your projects.
Although there is a fear that composite decking may not be as nice and organic-looking as natural wood, thanks to modern technology, that is no longer an issue.
Composite decking is the fastest growing alternative to wood decking on the market. Its major advantage is that it has a core and cover that makes it resistant to moisture, weathering, and fading.
Wood-plastic composite decks, invented around the 1980s, consist of wood fibers coated with plastic. Both the plastic and wood used are often made from recycled materials, making composite decking an environmentally friendly option.
In addition, this material is free from the pesticides and other harmful chemicals commonly used in the creation and maintenance of wood decking.
That’s why the Brazilian Lumber team is pleased to share with you all the incredible options we offer as authorized distributors of Trex, Timbertch, Newtech Wood, Norx, Zuri, Azek, Endeck, and For Us Plastic Wood.
First, it is important to highlight the 4 reasons that make composite decking a great choice:
- Superior durability
- Ultra-low maintenance
- Resistance to external factors
1. The Superior Durability Of Composite Decking
It can last in optimum condition for many years. It withstands fading, scratches & mold, and does not rot, warp, crack, or splinter. Composite decking withstands harsh weather such as snow storms, hurricanes, and long hot summer days. Spilled food, falling grill utensils, and damp pots are no hazards to this material.
2. The Ultra-Low Maintenance Of Composite Decking
High-performance composites retain their beauty for decades with minimal maintenance. In fact, you’ll never have to worry about sanding, staining, or painting. Just cleaning it with soap and water twice a year will be enough.
Since spills, splashes, and other mishaps are inevitable, it is extremely important to choose a cleaning compound that will ensure that the color will not fade. Therefore, your surface will continue to look as good as the day it was installed for years to come.
3. Composite Decking And Its Resistance To Weather, Insects, And Mold
For many homeowners, one of the main advantages of composite decking is the safety provided by the protective covers. Coated composite decking is much less susceptible to erosion, fading, and general degeneration than traditional wood for outdoors. Many of the composite brands that are available at Brazilian Lumber come with four-sided capping.
The capping provides excellent protection against moisture, keeps mold and mildew out of the frame, and leaves the surface intact.
4. Cost-efficient Composite Decking
Just like with most products, composite decking is available for every type of budget. When it comes to installation costs, most people will be surprised to learn that composite decks are actually cheaper to build in the long run. While they can be a little more expensive to buy, this material actually costs less when maintenance and durability are considered.
Reducing the amount of maintenance in your life is an added benefit of composite decking, as well as adding value to your home.
As mentioned above, here at Brazilian Lumber we offer many composite decking types and brands, including three-sided caps, four-sided caps, PVC as well as other alternatives. Customers can chose from all the brands which we are authorized distributors. All these options offer quality, comfort, and beauty:
a. NorX: This brand is what the future of composite decking will look like. Its collections (Paris and Rio) are eco-friendly, and made from 95% recycled materials. They offer spectacular color options that stay rich and vibrant for years to come. Here are some of the most interesting advantages of choosing it:
- Elastic Surface
- Suit different environments and endure the most demanding weather conditions
- Smartly crafted armor
- Low maintenance
- Long Lifespan
- Optimizes foot touching
- Fire Resistant
- No Warping or Splintering
- Scratch and stain resistant
b. TimberTech: They pride themselves as a company that makes the most natural looking composite decking on the market. This choice is:
- Low maintenance
- Extremely durable
- Offer a four-sided cap, which protects the board decks from the elements.
c. NewTechWood: If you are looking for color options in your composite decking, this is the perfect choice. Their ultrashield product cover made of a high density polyethylene plastic and wood fiber makes it:
- Impermeable to water
- Scratch, stain, and fade resistant
d. Trex: This company has been offering composite decking since 1996, which means they have a long trajectory of making high-performance, low-maintenance, eco-friendly outdoor living products.
With quality features, such as 95% recycled materials, deep wood grain, and more than a dozen colors to choose from, this is a great choice for decking. Why? These are the reasons:
- Fade resistant
- Scratch, and splint proof
- Mold, mildew, and termites resistant
e. For Us Plastic Wood: It is a wood-like material that is made from the recycling of various types of plastic. All that plastic is processed and pigmented to a new, solid wood-like material that has to be screwed. These are its advantages:
- Resistant to pests and mold
- Low Maintenance
- Moisture resistant
PVC Decking, An Alternative To Composite Decking
PVC decking boards are made only from synthetic materials based on recycled polyethylene from dry cleaning bags, sandwich bags, etc.
This is also an excellent option that prevents weathering, chipping, and discoloration thanks to polymer coating, which is far less prone to erosion, fading, and general degeneration than traditional wood.
- Azek: Made in USA with high-quality components and the best technology procedures. Azek can make any outdoor living space look stunning. With more than 30 colors, 3 widths to choose from, and hundreds of design options, you can rely on this PVC alternative that is: Long-lasting and low-maintenance.
- Zuri: It has the most realistic look of natural exotic wood. Each line is made to look like walnut, chestnut, pecan, brazilia, or weathered gray wood. In addition, it has great resistance to UV light and color fading. Its premium composite decking is easy to use, very durable, low maintenance and looks amazing.
- Endeck: This brand offers a product that is highly stain resistant, insect resistant, slip resistant, and has an extremely low maintenance spectrum.
To sum up, if you are looking for alternatives that can compare to natural wood, these composite and PVC decking products are all you need. Both materials are equal in terms of quality, durability, and resistance to the elements & insects.