Composite decking is a relatively new product and many Montreal homeowners begin to realize it’s many benefits and make the switch to a truly viable option to wood decking. Most composite decks are made from recycled wood scraps and plastic – making them pretty eco-friendly. They come in a variety of earth-tones and wood colors to match your outdoor decor.
Composite decks come in a plank form, similar to traditionally treated wood planks. You also have the option now to buy composite deck tiles. If you don’t want to completely replace your existing wood deck, you can use these tiles to cover the entire area.
Listed below are the main advantages of installing a composite deck:
Long life span
Compared to wooden decks, the composite deck has a long life. Composite decks are made of a compressed combination of vinyl, wood, and other recycled materials. Because it combines plastic and wood, it lasts longer in the sun, rain, and wind than traditional wooden decks. Plastio composite Montreal offers a 25-year limited warranty on all it’s product and installations.
Composite decking was developed in response to some of the standard complaints about wood decking. Wood decks need to be stained regularly to maintain their appearance. Wood cracks, molds, splinters, rots relatively quickly and needs constant maintenance in upkeep.Composite decking doesn’t have the same splintering, rotting or molding problems, and does not have to be stained or sealed each year.
Composite decks are susceptible to some surface mold and staining, but the solution to that problem is a simple cleaning with standard household cleaners and a brush. It is quick maintenance compared to staining, sanding, and power-washing that often accompanies a wood deck.
Composite decks don’t splinter and silver, making them ideal barefoot surfaces. Another reason they’re great for bare feet is their slip resistant and do not overheat like wood decks.
Color Retention and Uniformity
Many people choose composite decks because of their uniform color. Since the boards are manufactured from a batch of mixed material, each board has the same look as the next. Wood decks are notorious for fading to a dusty gray after several years of use if they aren’t stained and sealed regularly. If you like the silver gray color of a weathered deck, then this may not be a problem for you. However, many people don’t like the gray look but find it difficult to constantly maintain the deck with staining. They may then choose composite decking for their outdoor living spaces.
Pest and Rot Control
Standard wood decking has to be infused with pesticides and heavy metals like arsenic during its pressure treating process. Without these additions, wood is susceptible to being invaded by pests, but with it, wood can be dangerous to children, animals and even adults as the wood deteriorate over time.
Composite decking does not need these additives to be resistant to molds and fungi, insects or decay. It’s naturally resistant to these items because of the manufacturing process and the materials used to construct composite decking.
Because composite decking is a manufactured product, it is never “finished,” but is constantly being improved and tested. Over 50 different companies manufacture composite decking, and each one has a research and development division constantly working on solving any problems with the product.
Advances are being made in the realistic look and wood grains, keeping colors bright and even, and fasteners such as the “t” clips that prevent the need for nails or screws on the surface with some types of composite decking.