Here are a few benefits of having composite decks:

  • Less maintenance than wood decks
  • Recycled materials
  • Durable
  • Long lasting
  • Won’t rot away
The fact that composite decking needs far less maintenance is also appealing. A good scrub in the spring will help keep it clean and free of mould. No more dangerous chemicals that can harm the environment! visit our offices or contact us for a free quotation

As with most things in life, both wood and composite materials come in low, mid and high end quality. Better grade materials are  costy but  require less but the the benefits are much more than the cons,maintenance and last longer than those on the lower end ; this is true for both wood and composite decking materials. To determine which type of deck will work best for your lifestyle and budget, let’s look at its cost and upkeep.

Composite decking typically consists of some type of plastic material, such as polyethylene and/or polyvinyl chloride, and wood particles. The plastic may be from recycled products, like milk jugs and soda bottles, or it might be made of virgin plastic. Boards might be hollow or solid. Hollow boards are cheaper than solid boards and don’t tend to expand and contract as often as solid boards do; however, when they do shift, they tend to do so in only one area. Additionally, hollow boards are not as sturdy and can hold water internally, which in turn can lead to warping and decomposition. While solid boards expand and contract more than hollow boards, they are stronger and tend to look more like real wood than hollow composites.

Cost

the other benefits of composite decks is its costs. Composite decking ranges from  R110 or so per square foot to double that and more depending on various factors, like the manufacturer, the materials used to make the decking (recycled, virgin plastic) and ‘extras’, such as UV protection and scratch resistant features. In many cases, a composite deck will cost more than a wood deck at the outset but possibly less than a wood deck over time, thanks to minimal upkeep.

Upkeep

At one time, composite decks were considered to be  ‘maintenance free’; this has since been changed to ‘low maintenance’. Composite decks are prone to outside elements; i.e, mold  that might affect their surfaces, being covered by pollen. Composites are not indestructible. they can be scratched, they can fade, and they can also warp

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