Installing composite decking

Composite decking gives an immediate lift to any area, creating an exquisite outdoor experience within your sacred space.

If you’re not familiar with it, composite decking is man-made, and is comprised of an equal mix of recycled wood fibres and recycled plastic. Because of this, it lasts much longer than wood decks because of they’re impervious to rot.

Despite decks adding so much value to your home, it can entail a complex installation process.

What is Composite Decking?

Historically, timber was the primary material used for the construction of decking. But the early 1990’s heralded a new era with the invention of wood-plastic composites.

In those days though, composites came in bland uniform colours (mostly grey) and had a strong plastic look. Recent advancements have given rise to the manufacturing of composites that mimic the look of exotic soft/hardwoods

Natural Wood vs. Composites

With a projected market size of AUD 4.01 billion by 2020, more and more homeowners are jumping on the composite bandwagon.

This is because decreased and lower maintenance costs and a longer lifespan means that in the long run, it’s an efficient, cost-effective alternative to wood decking.

Other benefits of composites include:

  • Resistance to harsh weather conditions
  • Resistance to mould and insects
  • Resistance to staining and fading
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Splinter-proof
  • Non-slippery

Brands like Trex use 95% recycled materials in line with green technology. Therefore, composites have gained wide acceptance over the last two-and-a-half decades due to these unique attributes.

In summary, you should know that composite decking has a higher initial cost than wood, so to aid you in your decision of composite vs. wood, invest in composite for longer lasting decking. Otherwise, choose timber for a more affordable outlay upfront, but a shorter lifespan and more upkeep.

Choosing the right material for installing decking in your home is important as it affects not only the look but the usability of your outdoor living and entertainment area.

Composite decking in your sacred space gives an elegant new look, is functional and provides additional beauty to the outdoor experience.