Do you need the look of wood without using wood on your deck? The only way you can have that is by using composite materials. Wood-plastic composites have been on the market for more than 20 years now. They have grown so much in popularity over the past few years. Today, there are newer versions that are better than wood and better than plastic. Our deck contractors Lubbock can help you install a deck with this innovative material.
How Are These Materials Made?
Composites are made from recycled materials. They are an environmental friendly option to wood and other decking materials. The manufacturers mix hardwood waste with recycled plastics. They mix the same quantity of wood fiber, and plastic and then add pigments, borate preservatives, and ultraviolet inhibitors.
All these ingredients are heated together and then extruded. The manufacturer can add some patterns and texture before the materials dry. When added well, the texture can give the wood a realistic grain finish.
Some of the raw materials of composites include used plastic bottles, saw dust, and plastic bags. All these items would have ended up on the landfill.
Why Composite Decks?
Composite materials are an exceptionally durable product. They are designed to resist scratching, fading, rotting, warping, and splinters. They will still retain their shape even when tools fall on them. One of the most common composite materials is Trex Transcend, which is fading, stain, and mold resistant. This material comes with a protective shell that makes it ideal for high-traffic areas.
Unlike wood, you do not have to stain composite decking. These materials will keep their beauty for many decades with little or no maintenance. You will enjoy more time on your deck instead of spending time inspecting and repairing. You can clean the decks a few times a year, but that is all you need to do. Further, it is easy to clean and doesn’t require a complicated cleaning process.
Although composites may have the look and feel of real wood, they are not wood and do not cause deforestation. PVC is made of synthetic materials, but most of the composite decking materials constitute of more than 95 percent recycled materials. These materials include polyethylene and wood scraps.
Composite materials are slip-resistant to keep you safe on your deck. Further, modern designs do not need nails or screws, and you can be on the deck barefoot. The decking is splinter-free to keep you safe at all times.
Because you do not need nails or screws, the design is very appealing. Most of the woods can match the design of natural wood, or you can go for so many other colors that will meet your needs.
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Composite decking is so popular with people who need an environmental friendly decking option. It is also ideal when you do not need a deck that requires a lot of maintenance. Most manufacturers offer generous warranties when you buy composite materials.
Call us today and let us handle your decking project.