It can be a DIFFICULT DECISION FOR HOMEOWNERS
As we continue our series on the difficult decisions homeowners face when preparing for an exterior living project, we move into a more current topic: Composite Decking. For many, the decision to invest in composite over softwood has already been decided. For those who find this decision difficult, please visit our most recent post to learn more about ‘What’s Up with Lumber?’. This blog post will help explain what composite or synthetic decking is, the benefits to composite, and the brand names to look out for as a consumer!
What is composite decking?
Composite decking is an exterior rated product with an inner core compiled of wood fibers and melded down plastics. The core is wrapped in a PVC cover to create low maintenance and protect the wood fibers for longer lasting performance. The average warranty on composite deck boards for fading is a minimum of 25 years. This is possible by minimizing the amount of wood that is produced in each board. For example, some companies designed a composite wrap with specs of wood fibers in it to give the design a more realistic look to a wooden deck board. This specific board will be more likely to fade sooner than others because more wood is exposed to the sun. In addition, a common complaint among homeowners that install a composite deck is the temperature that the deck becomes due to direct sunlight. This occurs because the wood fibers in the board capture heat. In comparison to a wooden deck board, composite can get anywhere from 1-3 degrees hotter. For some, this is not a worry due to the warranties, lifespan, and options that are available with composite. For others this can be enough to make them reconsider. Fortunately, Outback Deck has found that if the homeowner is given all the options, they can find a product that best fits their family’s needs and budget.
Outback has done a vast amount of research on composite decking and built partnerships with companies that give the best options. Below shows the options consumers should consider:
ABOUT OUTBACK DECK, INC.
Outback Deck, Inc. brings inspiration to outdoor living spaces. We believe if you have an outdoor space, you should WANT to spend time in it. Our commitment to providing the best customer experience and creating outstanding value in your new deck or porch is unmatched in the industry. For more information, please visit www.outbackdeck.net and remember life happens out back