Must-Know Reasons To Install A Composite Deck

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Did you know installing a deck can boost your property's value? That's right. So, if you plan to sell soon, new decking can help fetch a reasonable price. And if you don't, this component will boost your home's curb appeal and complement its overall design. Not to mention that you can use a deck to entertain your guests when hosting events like family get-togethers and neighborhood parties. However, before installing one and enjoying such benefits, you must choose a suitable deck. This piece introduces you to one of today's best options: composite decking.

What is a Composite Deck?

Composite decks consist of boards that contain equal parts of plastic and wood fiber. These materials are also combined with ultraviolet (UV) inhibitors and borate preservatives. Manufacturers use UV inhibitors to cure components and slow down degradation. On the other hand, borate preservatives, which typically contain naturally occurring minerals, protect composite boards from harmful decomposing organisms like termites and fungus. All the ingredients found in composite make the material more robust, heavier, and denser than standard wood.

Why Choose a Composite Deck?

The main reasons to opt for a composite deck include:

1.       Durability

Composite lasts longer than many alternative materials, including wood. That is so because, first, this material doesn't rot. The reason composite is rot-resistant is it contains a combination of recycled plastic and wood fibers. Moreover, service providers fit modern composite decks with a polymer cap to protect against rotting. In addition, experts now encapsulate these decks with an outer layer that creates a tough outer shell. This feature enables composite decks to withstand mildew, stains, insect activities, UV fading, marring, among other issues. These are among the many reasons composite decking can last 20-30 years, even with minimal maintenance.

2.       No splinters

Most decks splinter if property owners neglect them. That means your decking may have the same issues when you leave it unsealed and untreated for a long time. You don't want any part of your home to have splinters because these fragments can injure household members. And, if a splinter gets stuck in your skin and you leave it in, it can disintegrate, leading to infections and, in extreme cases, lead to severe conditions like blood poisoning or septicemia. Fortunately, composite decks don't splinter. That means you and your loved ones can walk barefoot on them without worrying about getting hurt.

3.       Minimal maintenance

A composite deck doesn't demand intensive care. The most important thing is to regularly clean it and remove mud, soil, and dirt, which often accumulate on the boards over time. Generally, you can clear away such contaminants using a soft-bristled brush and warm, soapy water. Besides that, clear away ice, snow, and any mold or mildew growing on your decking's surface. Don't forget to repair or replace any damaged boards.

For more information on the benefits of composite decks, contact a local contractor.