May 31, 2021
This article explains all you need to know about this wood alternative, including how to choose the best composite decking material, compare costs, and installing and cleaning composite decking boards.
When wood-plastic composite decking appeared in the 1990s, the price was higher and colors choices were limited (gray). Ten years later, with the changes in social demand and the advancement of technology, composite decking material manufacturers began to provide natural wood grain products such as cedarwood and red pine wood, and composite materials were accepted by more and more people.
The development of wood-plastic composite materials also represents people's awareness of environmental protection, because most composite materials are made of recyclable waste: wood chips, used plastic shopping bags, etc.
What is the composite decorative board made of?
The appropriate amount of wood fiber and plastic are mixed with pigments, UV inhibitors, and borate preservatives, and then heated and extruded. When wood grain is added during extrusion, the wood-plastic composite decking boards produced will have different surface wood grains in different colors.
The best price composite decking, installation, and cleaning
What is the cost of composite decking?
The composite decking prices are US$1.8-3.5 per square foot, and the starting price of composite wood-plastic wall cladding is US$1.5-2.5 per square foot.
Composite decking installation
The composite material panel usually has a snap structure, which is easy to install and fix, and the matching fixing parts can be hidden under the decorative surface without affecting the overall aesthetics. Even if you are not a skilled installation worker, you can also install and fix the composite decking according to the installation instructions.
How to clean composite decking?
Different from the complex maintenance and maintenance of wooden floors, composite decking usually only need to be scrubbed with soapy water.
What else can you choose besides composite decking?
In addition to composite decking and wall cladding, you can also choose railing systems, fences, pedals, and columns with the same composite materials and colors.
Advantages and disadvantages of composite decking
Reduce maintenance work: No more maintenance work of sealing, waxing, or staining wooden floors every two years. By saving money from maintenance, you can recoup the excess cost of buying composite materials in about five years.
Long lifespan: Composite materials will not rot or be corroded by termites, they will not warp, and you can walk barefoot without worrying about chipping.
Small fading: After the first two or three months under the sun, the shadow of all composite materials will lighten slightly, and then the fading will stop.
Environmental protection: The use of wood chips, wood powder, recyclable plastics, etc. as raw materials improves the utilization rate of wood on the one hand and reduces the logging of forests. On the other hand, it disposes of plastic waste and protects the environment.
The initial cost is high: the price of buying composite materials is about 30% higher than that of pressurized pine flooring.
It seems to have a plastic texture: Although the wood-plastic composite panel imitates the natural wood grain, there is still some plastic texture on closer inspection.
How to maintain wood-plastic composite decking boards?
Composite materials require almost no maintenance, you only need to do some simple cleaning or cleaning.
Debris and debris: sweep or blow away any debris between the boards.
Food stains: Use degreaser or soapy water to clean it.
Scratches: As time goes by, slight scratches on the surface will gradually merge.