What is Composite Decking?
Composite Decking has become the fastest growing decking material in the United States today. This man-made lumber is a combination of wood fibers, bonding agents, and plastics. The materials are warmed to a specific temperature and molded into the proper board shape before cooling. As a result, the finished product is a beautiful decking board with more durability than wood and a more authentic feel than traditional plastic alternatives. Deck Builders Columbus sources the highest-grade composite boards that allow for complete and total customization. In other words, you take the lead in selecting the colors and grains for your ideal deck or balcony.
When considering the most trusted brands in composite decking, Trex is certainly a popular name in the market today. Their deck boards are manufactured from reclaimed plastic and wood material. A large majority of the raw materials are sourced from plastic bags, films, and waste wood fiber. As a result, consumers can get a great looking deck while helping the environment at the same time.
As a compression-molded product, the planks are solid and sometimes sealed with an added extruded outer shell. Building decks with Trex composite gives you the option of choosing finished end caps or trim boards to round out the perfect edging. The framing may consist of hidden fasteners or be physically attached through the top face with nails or screws. Their products come with a 25-year warranty, which is common for composite decks.
Types of Composite Decking
There are two types of composite deck boards available on the market today, capped and uncapped. Each of these boards have varieties that are hollow or solid. Although the options may seem complex, our contractors are the best in the business at making it easy for you to decide.
- Build with an exterior plastic coating
- Offer excellent resistance against fading and staining
- Their flat face allows for easy cleaning or wiping down
- Tend to be a cheaper option than capped boards.
- Although composite material in general is durable and resistant, uncapped does not provide the same protective effects against staining and color fading.
Pros and Cons of A Composite Deck
- No possibility for splinters!
- Less maintenance than natural-wood decks
- Extremely durable and long-lasting
- Resistant to water damage, mold, and rotting
- Uses Composite Materials
- Sometimes more expensive to use with regard to upfront cost
- Possible for external surface to be scratched and need replacement
- Over time, colors can fade
Composite & Vinyl Decking
For those who are looking to cut costs long-term, we choose composite decking almost every time. When matched with a custom composite deck railing, few construction projects will ‘pop’ like your deck can. Plus, you can ask our homegrown deck building team how we can paint the material to your liking. With unlimited color options, your deck can match even the finest details and colors your home has to offer. Most people driving by won’t even be able to differentiate the composite from the wood, it looks that good.
Creating The Perfect Deck
Our deck masters take the time to show you all the available options when it comes to composite decking. You might choose a solid color for the entire deck, or combine up to three or four different colors to accent even the finest tones of your home. Our experienced contractors consult you on exactly what we feel is your best option for your specific needs. Whether that means building a new deck from the ground up or replacing existing accent pieces with composite parts, Deck Builders Columbus is ready to go to work for you.
In some cases, you might want to use hardwood for the floor of the deck and composites for the rails. We can mix these materials when creating your estimate, and we will explain how the project will look when we are done. Not every home is the same, so why should your deck be? So many deck builders in the marketplace today offer cookie-cutter designs that are replicated over and over and over. Not us. Here we provide you with several estimates or custom designs that you can review. Each of these options can be used when we build your deck, and we will honor the estimate we have provided when the build begins.
Composite Deck Railing
One of the number one problems people have with their decks is the railing. Deck railing can quickly become unsafe or unsightly due to high traffic or long-term wear. Although it is designed to keep the porch or deck safer, they often become wobbly and pose a threat to damage or injury. With our years of experience in building and repair, we know when it is time to refurbish or replace altogether. For those who have a lot of foot traffic, composite and Trex decking may be the best option. With extreme durability and resistance to daily wear and tear, replacing the rails and steps of your deck with composite may be the best investment you can make. The money we help you save in one area often opens the opportunity to create even more amazing outdoor living spaces.
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