Construction of a residential deck needs a lot of planning and investment. Therefore, it should be done wisely, keeping all the aspects in mind like budget and material required. There are various options available in the market but you need to study each of them carefully before making a final decision. Years before, wood was commonly used in house building but over the years the trend has changed a lot; now there are many other materials available to replace wood covering all the qualities that wood cannot provide. Brite Decking, Composite Decking Melbourne is becoming very popular because it is the best alternative to timber/wood. It’s a material made from a mixture of plastic and wood.
Although this combination is not as strong as wood, it’s the best choice for decking. It doesn’t wrap, crack/splinter, and doesn’t even need to be painted, sealed, or stained. Moreover, it needs very low maintenance. Despite being expensive and heavy it runs in the mainstream as an ultimate solution to resemble wood.
Types: Commonly, there are two types of composite decking available in the market capped and uncapped. Capped composite materials (boards) have a plastic coating making them resistant to staining and fading. These boards are easy to clean and don’t change their color when exposed to the weather. Whereas, the Uncapped boards are cheaper and durable but they fade a little when exposed to weather because the wood oil (residual tannins) leaches out from the board in the first couple of months. There are some pros and cons of composite products:
- Long-lasting:- Composite products have longevity, they can withstand unfavorable weather conditions for many years without any protection or treatment.
- Permanence:- In comparison to pressure-treated wood or regular wood decks, composite products are more durable because they don’t need annual or bi-annual staining and painting treatment.
- Shade:- The composite products are available in a wide range of colors and shades. Combining different colored planks in a single deck project can give you a colorful outdoor living area. For incorporating new ideas, patterns and designs consult your contractor.
- Cost:- The most known drawback of composite decking is its price. This costs 50 to 100 % more than other products. Therefore, people opt for other options because they are affordable.
- Low Return on Investment:- Studies have proved that deck installation adds to the value of your house but the added investment gives fewer returns. The materials and design do not reflect the price tag you incurred for decking.
- Surface Damage:- Most of the decking products fade and damage over the years due to UV rays, more foot traffic, and weathering. The surface damages showing scratches and deep gouges signs. These issues can only be treated by replacing boards that can lead to problems like tone, color, and finish.
Therefore, if you want to change your wood deck and experiment on composite decking, research all manufacturers before making a final decision. Make sure to hire the best contractor who can satisfy your needs. Choose the right product keeping the final design of your deck in mind.