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Composite Decking FAQs

Do you have composite decking questions?

Read our FAQs right here:

 

What is it made of? Made up of wood and plastic. The wood particles can be anything from sawdust, wood chips, and wood fiber pieces. The plastic components can be either virgin or recycled plastic materials.

 

What is the advantage over traditional timber decking? It is long straight lengths, quick and easy to install, never warps, never rots, splinter free, no sanding, no painting, no sealing, no staining, long-lasting, scratch resistant, and bug resistant.

 

What maintenance is usually required? None, only occasional cleaning with a soap and water or a pressure clean.

 

How does the cost of composite decking compare with wood? The upfront cost of this decking is more than that of pressure treated wood. However, that is offset by a useful life that’s significantly longer. Buying wood means you will have to incur the cost of replacement sooner. In addition, the maintenance costs of wood are greater because composite decking requires less maintenance. You can take advantage of certain brands that sell lower cost composites. They typically offer a more limited choice of colors, textures, and designs which still retain the main benefits of composites.

 

Does composite decking get hot in the sun? This depends on the color and material. Dark colored decking made of heavy and dense composite material will absorb a lot of heat and make it hot in the summer. Lighter colored and less dense materials do much better in the summer heat. Look for composite decking specifically made for staying cool in the sun.

 

Will my composite deck look like plastic? The pricier composite decking comes in a variety of natural wood colors with dense and rich looking grain patterns.

 

Does composite decking require special tools for installation? No. Composite decking requires no specialized tools beyond what you would use with wood.

 

How long will the antimicrobial product protection last? Antimicrobial protection is built-in during the manufacturing process and will not wash off or wear away. It is engineered to provide continuous antimicrobial product protection for the useful lifetime of the product.

 

How is it fixed? Each board is pre-grooved on both sides to take a hidden fastener system.

 

How does temperature affect my composite deck boards? Composite deck boards are suitable for all climates and are sold all over the world where harsh freezing winters and boiling hot summers have put them to the test.

 

Are they slippery when wet? No. Composite decks are wet resistant.

 

Can you DIY? Yes, it is a DIY Friendly.

 

At Nice Backyard we stock Composite Decking and Fascia, please give us a call to enquire about our range of decking products.

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