Composite decks are a wonderful alternative to natural wood decks. Unlike natural wood, composite decking will not crack, splinter, fade, or need to be treated. Composite decking is composed of several different recycled materials. Its main components include hard plastic and wood. This type of decking was created to extinguish the problems of typical wood decking. When the material came on the scene less than a decade ago, homeowners quickly started to realize that composite decking eliminated many of the problems typically associated with wood decks.
Benefits Of A Composite Deck
Composite decking offers several advantages over traditional wood, but it is also a little more expensive up front. The reason behind this initial up front cost is that you won't have to invest additional money into the deck to treat it. Also, composite decking won’t crack or splinter which means you won’t be spending money replacing individual boards. Yes, it true that a wood porch or deck will cost less to build, but it will also continually cost the homeowner money each season in maintenance and repairs. With composites, a little washing every now and then is all you will have to do. Plus, composites have exact, uniform coloring to make its appearance consistently beautiful, as well as grain patterns to make it resemble natural wood.
If you are on the market for a composite deck, there are several great brands to choose from. In fact, there are as many as 10 brands of composite decking materials on the market today. Depending on your specific needs, you can find a brand that is more resistant to the salt in the air, one that is extremely solid, one that offers more colors, and even one that comes with unique railing systems. Carefully consider your environment and specific needs and wants and you are bound to find a composite deck that fits.
Composite Deck Maintenance
So far, composite decking sounds near perfect. But as you may already know, nothing in this world is perfect. One issue that you will have to pay attention to is mold growth. They say that composite decking is mold resistant, but the sad truth is that mold can grow on just about anything. In order to avoid having mold develop on your composite deck, try to wash it down with a hose on a regular basis. This will prevent any mold from attaching itself.
Overall, composite decking is a product that will cost more up front, but end up saving you money by eliminating maintenance, repairs, and finishes. It will also provide the same strength as wood decking and still look beautiful like wood too. It should definitely be one of your options if you are on the market for a new deck.
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Designing a Deck
A deck is a popular home improvement that not only adds to the value of your home, but also provides an extra space for enjoying the outdoors. You'll want to carefully consider the design elements that go into your deck. You must think of a deck as a new addition to your house (like a room), one in which you are planning specific use of.
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Pressure Washing Your Deck
The easiest, most effective way of cleaning dirty, grimy surfaces is with a pressure washer. They are specially designed to remove built-up mold, mildew, dirt and grime and to restore surfaces to like-new condition in a fraction of the time it would take by hand. Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, sizes and additional attachments that can be used for more than just cleaning your deck.
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Working With Deck Builders
Having a deck installed offers one perk that most home improvements don’t offer. Due to the fact that the addition is outside, you won’t have to interrupt your daily life to accommodate to the installation. You won’t have contractors and materials all over your house and you will not be losing electricity or water at any given point.
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