• Niebuhr Demir posted an update 10 months, 1 week ago

    There are many decking materials on the market today from wood, composite (wood-plastic blend) and vinyl/plastic. Wood tends to have lower initial cost but more maintenance effort and value, especially if the desired color isn’t the natural weathered color. Wood seems like wood. Composites tend to be in the middle to high-end in initial cost, lower on maintenance effort and cost, and best for color retention. Composites tend not to look just like wood. Vinyl/plastic tends to be the best in initial cost, longest in expected service life, lowest in maintenance cost and energy, and just the thing for color retention. Vinyl/plastic also does not look just like wood.

    WOOD. Most decking placed in the U.S. is wood and quite a few wood decking is treated pine. Treated pine is treated in order to avoid rot (CCA continues to be removed and contains been replaced with ACQ & anything else). They are acronyms for that chemicals from the treatments. The wood normally treated is southern yellow pine. The from the wood itself, not the procedure, causes it to be prone to twisting, splitting, warping and splintering. A few other woods used are cedar, redwood, IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa.

    COMPOSITE. Composite decking is really a distant second in popularity after wood but is accepted ever in new deck installations and re-decks (re-use old deck framing and replace old deck boards and railing with new composite materials). "Composite" ensures that the decking is molded or extruded from the secret formula this is a mix of wood and plastic or vinyl. The wood is often a wood flour of varied grinds and species. The plastic is often times polyethylene or polypropylene. There are various ratios of wood to plastic and different mixtures of recycled & virgin plastic. Most of these things affect performance characteristics. Composite decking is available in regular plank, tongue & groove, grain finish, solid colors, and mixed colors.

    VINYL/PLASTIC. Vinyl/plastic decking is becoming popular and it is primarily taking business out of the composite deck segment. Decking profiles are usually plank though several manufacturers offering a tongue & groove. Vinyl/plastic decking will come in a grain or smooth finish, solids, and mixed colors.

    Areas to consider


    " Wood appears to be hardwood as well as the initial price is much lower with pine however, not necessarily so by incorporating with the other woods

    " Wood weathers and changes color – requires periodic cleaning and staining to maintain a colour besides the naturally weathered color

    " Southern yellow pine splits, cracks and splinters as time passes

    " Exotic woods like IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa can be more expensive such as the split and crack like pine.

    " Wood has to be replaced (usually before other materials) sooner or later which varies with exposure, maintenance and luck

    " Wood requires some maintenance for the most powerful performance fix life – usually pressure washed to obtain clean

    " Maintenance costs time and/or money and will offset any initial cost savings.


    " Initial price is significantly higher than pine, but exactly like the exotic woods

    " Longer service life

    " Lower maintenance cost as well as than wood – usually cleaned which has a power washer or even a chemical solution wash & flush

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Variety of colors

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " May grow mildew and mold within the wood component – can be hard and troublesome to wash completely

    " May stain – cleaning methods vary with sort of stain and wood component


    " Initial cost is usually same or more than composites

    " Longer service life

    " Least volume of maintenance and effort – usually cleaned using a water hose

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Maintains original look and color long lasting

    " Variety of colours apart from dark colors like brown

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " No mold or mildew

    " No stains

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