With some of the northern parts of the state getting their first dusting of snow already this month, it’s got us longing for the days of backyard barbecues. If you’ve ever contemplated
the idea of adding a deck to your property, winter can be a great time to get plans drawn up so that once spring hits, the building can begin. There was a time when the only material that could be used was wood. While wood can still be a wonderful choice, there are also a lot of composite decking materials that allow for much lower maintenance. As a result, the market was switched from minimal choices, to an overwhelming amount. Here’s what you need to know in order to understand composite decking choices.
What is it? All composite decking consists of a combination of plastic material and wood particles. Many times, the plastic material is made of recycled by-products such as milk jugs, soda bottles and shopping bags.
Why is Composite Decking Popular: Hands down, composite decking will be less maintenance than a wooden deck because it does not need to be sanded or restained ever. Because of their composition, they do not rot and are not a target for termites.
Hollow vs Solid: While there are many different manufacturers of composite decking, there is a single differentiating factor between all types of composite decking. That is
whether the deck in hollow or solid. What’s the difference? Hollow composite decks are lighter, less expensive and look less like wood, but they do not expand and contact as much as a solid composite deck. Hollow decks are more flexible and are susceptible to damage prior installation. For these reasons, solid composite decks tend to be more popular.
Differences in Composite Decking Materials:
Polyethylene Based: This is the most cost effective of the three types and is the most popular composite decking type on the market. It most closely imitates the look of wood and can be cut into the longest deck boards.
Polypropylene Based: This type of composite decking is resistant to heat. Furthermore, it does not become distorted when exposed to extended periods of moisture. This type of decking has a shiny appearance.
Polyvinyl Chloride Based: While this type of deck does not imitate the look of wood, it is lightweight and has the hardest surface of the three. It can become more slippery after a rainfall. It gains favor with homeowners for being more scratch resistant than other types.
Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard are a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at www.lindusconstruction.com. Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.