Composite decking material is made by combining sawdust or wood fibers and plastic. The plastic and wood used are generally recycled. Usually, decking material requires no maintenance and is resistant to warping, splitting, or cracking.
It was in the 1990s that this material first began appearing, and the manufacturers' intentions had been to make environment-friendly products. They used shipping pallets that had been discarded, along with recycled plastic containers to make this material.
These days however, many manufacturers are using virgin cellulose flour or fibers and plastic, or are blending recycled materials with virgin products. However, there are some that are still making it out of recycled material.
The ends can be sawed into any shape, like rounded, or you could give it a decorative touch by using a router. However, before making any cosmetic changes to it, check if the decking you have chosen is suited for this kind of styling. Some brands may develop bubbles of air if the surface is exposed by cutting.
It can be lifted easily since it is lightweight, and can be sawed easily. It is equipped with a clipping system that is hidden, which enables it to be installed easily while maintaining a smooth and tailored deck surface.
However, composite material is manufactured with preservatives which deter wood-rot and pests. Hence, you do not have to spend hours sealing and staining it.
It is ideal for homes that have children. Since there is no complicated maintenance required, children can also lend a hand in maintaining it.
However, this is a normal process as the material gets acclimatized to the humidity and temperature. If the material that you have bought has hollow edges, attention has to be paid to how the edges have been treated. While some have square ends, others come with individual caps.
Composite decking material is both a convenient as well as a quality alternative to other types of decking material. It provides the authentic look of wooden decks without the hassles. Installing this low-maintenance deck will enable you to enjoy your property much better and for a longer time.