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Composite Wood Decking: Great Decking…or Greatest Decking?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You have options – isn’t that what being a modern homeowner in the industrialized world is all about? You can choose to use any kinds of materials you want when designing, building, and expanding your home. That’s good news, too, because when you compare traditional building materials to modern building materials, you will often find the former severely lacking. Whether it’s the foundation, the frame, the roof, or the siding, modern materials are often tougher, longer-lasting, and more appealing to the eye. Take, for example, the wood decking you often see in back yards these days; did you know that composite wood decking is far superior to traditional decking?

The Past is the Past

Once upon a time you just took whatever wood appealed to you most and constructed your deck out of that. Oak, maple, walnut – it didn’t truly matt, you just grabbed a design, a saw, some nails, and then hammered away. These days, there are quite a few types of materials available, from the synthetic to the wholly natural, but composite wood decking is by far the most superior.

You see, when you use normal wood, you actually subject yourself to several years of effort: you’ll have to regularly sand, stain, and reseal your wood, sometimes multiple times in a single year and sometimes several years between these treatments. Nevertheless, this adds costs in terms of materials as well as your precious, precious time.

The Perfect Decking

Your time is better spent enjoying your deck, as opposed to caring for its upkeep.  Composite decking is all about providing a solid, reliable, appealing deck that is also affordable. Composite decking is made from a number of different materials, primarily wood and plastic, which are processed together to give the appearance and look and feel of actual wood. The wood is typically recycled lumber industry byproducts such as sawdust, chips, and woof fiber while the plastic is made from recycled materials as well. This means that composite decking isn’t just cost-effective and easy to use, it’s also as green as you’re going to get!

The components are mixed by the manufacturers, who then add a variety of pigments and preservatives; that mixture is then heated, formed into board-shaped lengths, and then cooled using a proprietary process. The boards look, feel, and work just like actual boards, but they are typically heavier than wood (though often not as strong). They are resistant to rot, they do not warp like wood typically does, they will never give you a splinter, and they won’t need you to paint, stain, or seal them. What more can you ask for?

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com