Most homes' decks are made from real wood, but for a homeowner looking for durability and long-lasting aesthetic appeal, a composite deck may be an option.
Composite Deck Materials
Composite deck planks are made from a combination of chopped-up wood and plastics. Different brands will use a combination of recycled materials, fresh materials designed specifically for a composite deck or a combination of materials.
Benefits of a Composite Deck
Tests have shown that composite decks will fade less in sunlight than traditional wood decks. Additionally, stains from food, drink and other spillage may be easier to clean from a composite deck.
While composite deck materials are known for their durability, tests have shown that the wood and plastic material can rot if not treated properly.
Selecting a Brand
To choose a brand, go to a local hardware store or retailer where employees are trained in product information. Also, many local building departments require deck manufacturers to provide evaluation service reports, detailing materials used in composite decks. Research brands to find the best fit for individual needs, including price and quality.
For starters, research some of the following brands of composite decking: ChoiceDek, CorrectDeck CX, Fiberon Professional, MoistureShield, Monarch Exotics Deckboard, TimberTech Earthwood, Latitudes Composite Decking, Rhino Deck, Fiberon Tropics and Geodeck Tongue and Groove.
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