Sunday, October 22, 2017

Tips for Installing High Quality Composite Decking

Jack Louis is here to share his ideas on composite decking. I would have chosen composite decking hands down had I known the upkeep on wood decks. Maintenance free from staining and heat? Love it. Thanks for the tips Jack.

Installing high quality composite decking is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, you don’t need professionals to do the installation of composite decking, if you know the process, you can do it yourself. Some custom made installation procedures make it easy for you to install your high quality composite decking. So, whether it is a normal decking, composite decking, or even decking your swimming pool, you can do it yourself, by following a few simple tips. Most people prefer installing composite decking at their homes and offices, as they feel that they can bring the classy wood finish like look without investing a fortune in installing original wooden structures.

Tips for Installing High-Quality Composite Decking:

  • To install your high-quality composite decking right, first you must decide on how you will use your new deck. Are you going to use it as a permanent structure or a temporary one for events? Take your decision.

  • What will be the location of your composite deck? It is advisable to keep your deck close to the house so that you can easily wire it when required.

  • Decide on the cost. How much are you willing to spend? Do not forget to consider the maintenance cost. When installing high-quality composite decking, they do require maintenance from time to time.

  • If you are looking for a specific design layout while installing high quality composite decking, take help of a professional. Only if you feel that the construction cost would escalate to a great extent if you used a professional carpenter for the installation, you may install it yourself, provided you keep the design simple enough to implement.

  • Ensure that your installation is well planned till the last detail, even if it is a simple staircase installation that you are planning.

There are many advantages and disadvantages of installing high quality composite decking.

Let first see what are the Advantages of Installing High-Quality Composite Decking:

  • Easy to install
  • Low on maintenance
  • Affordable- Are cheaper in comparison to original woodwork
  • Looks great and can be modified to match the look of the walls and other interiors of the house or office
  • Are long lasting
  • They can be installed from a wide range of colors
  • These installations generally do not attract insects and termites like original wood
  • The installations require minimum repair
  • The boards burn at temperatures much higher than wood and so won’t catch fire easily
  • Some products come with lifetime warranty
  • Are mostly made with recycled elements

Disadvantages of Installing High-Quality Composite Decking:

  • The initial cost of installations is high
  • The board can get scratched easily by claws of pets or by movement of furniture
  • The actual wood feel may be missing as it appears more plastic than wood, even though it is cheaper than the latter
  • The board can heat faster, especially if it is exposed to direct sunlight
  • The stain marks of food, paint, etc. may remain and refuse to go away

Equal parts of wood fiber and plastic go into the creation of high quality composite decking. Preservatives and colorants prevent these decking materials from fading away easily with time. The width of the boards is generally 12” and the thickness varies from 1” to 5”.

At times, installing high-quality composite decking is completed with a plastic coating, which enhances its durability and reduces its chances of fading away fast. However, even if the costs are slightly high, it is advisable to go in for a higher quality for extended durability. Keeping these little things in mind can help you in making an informed decision and ensure longevity too. Thus, it reduces financial burdens.


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