January 07, 2021
Wood plastic composite decking, or composite decking, is a decking material solution made from a unique combination of plastic and wood. WPC stands for Wood Plastic Composite and this composite is made up of 50% timber fibers and 50% HDPE and additives.
WPC Decking: what are the benefits?
WPC decking is growing more popular and with so many advantages when compared to standard decking, it’s no surprise why. WPC decking presents many benefits in comparison to its other decking options, making it worth its investment. Here's why:
Due to the plastic containment of WPC decking, the material has improved durability over its alternatives. This type of decking is designed to be durable and its material, blend, and finish make it resistant to lots of the factors that usually reduce the life of wood decking.
WPC decking resists fading, staining, scratching, and mold and is so durable that STORM offers a 10-year guarantee on our Triton WPC range against splitting, rotting, cracking, and decay.
With WPC decking, you never need to worry about sanding, staining, or painting. The occasional soap-and-water clean is all that's required to maintain the decking for decades.
However, it is worth mentioning that composite decking has the potential to show water stains and, although they do tend to disappear after experiencing rain, they may require a more focused clean in hotter weather as the stains can become more obvious.
STORM's TRITON WPC is made from eco-friendly materials. This composite material is made to last and has many of the properties of a wood decking without the environmental impact.
Many WPC decking solutions are composed of recycled materials or products that have been made from maintained resources.
The prolonged life of WPC decking also means that you are never having to replace materials more often than you should—therefore utilizing more materials than required.
WPC composite decking might be more costly in the beginning but this product continues to look great year after year and has virtually no cost of upkeep. As already stated, composite decking requires less maintenance than traditional wood decking.
This means you can spend far less time maintaining your space and reaching into your pockets and it gives you far more time to spend money on other things. WPC decking will last longer than its timber alternatives and therefore incur fewer overall costs for replacements and overhauls.
Like everything else with WPC decking, installation is easy.
Firstly, the substructure must be prepared and sufficient drainage must be ensured beneath the deck area.
The subframe should be laid with a slight gradient of 1% to 1.5% from the walls and should be laid lengthwise. Make sure the subframe is set from any surrounding walls or obstacles to allow for slight expansion.
The WPC products expansion rate is around 0.3% to 0.5% depends on weather conditions in different places, based on this expansion rate, there must always be a gap always between 2 WPC products.