Spring is a great time to start thinking about a deck addition. It will be installed before the entertaining season is in full force. And an early install guarantees you’ll be able to enjoy it for the length of the season. Up until about 20 years ago, decking retailers primarily sold wood species, such as […]
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Up until about 20 years ago, decking retailers primarily sold wood species, such as cedar, as a decking material. But in the mid-1990s the industry started offering
composite alternatives. The popularity of these products continues to increase
because of their convenience and durability.
Composite decking is typically made from a wood/plastic combination, with some products wrapped in an outer layer of plastic, called capstock. The amount of wood blended into the product varies as much as 10% to 60%. While not a true composite – called a synthetic decking material – some companies offer 100% plastic products
Composite decking usually comes as either plain deck boards or shaped tongue-and-groove boards.
If you’re wiring your deck, use deck-and-rail systems formed to accommodate wires running within posts and deck boards.
*Composite decking is still a relatively new application. Some of the cheaper options have been known to move and shrink. Research products well and be leery of pricing seeming too good to be true.