By Shalini M – Submitted On May 18, 2019
Whether talking about our cabins or even our primary residences the deck/porch of our house must be hand built by the owner to earn the respect of his neighbors and guests. Building a deck is something every man must do at some point as a right of passage into manhood. Building the perfect deck all starts with the wood.
When we buy or construct our own homes, we ensure that every little detail is absolutely perfect and we are not prepared to compromise on quality. Decking of floors is no different and the same rules apply. Choosing the best floor decking is necessary to ensure its longevity and long-lasting quality.
There are many types of decking to choose from, such as wood and composite. The buyer must ensure that they do their research on the quality and the quantity they require before purchasing.
TYPES OF DECKING
Wood plastic composite (WPC) decking is the most commonly preferred type of decking and is made of recycled polymers, like HDPE or PE, with the most percentage of natural product being sawdust.
Also, WPC decking has greater movements or torsions compared to other types of decking; hence you need to decide carefully depending upon the climate and the area in which the decking would suit your home.
Composite decking is considered to be the fastest growing and the most popular wood decking alternative available in the market, and it requires much less maintenance and has a longer lifespan when compared to wood decking.
ADVANTAGES OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT DECKING
Recent advancements in products for decking have allowed manufacturers to simulate the physical features of many beautiful hardwoods to provide buyers with various design options. Composite decking is a man-made product that has approximately an equal mix of recycled plastic and fibers. They are extremely durable and resistant to rotting which gives them a much longer lifespan than wooden decks.
Composite decking does not require sanding, staining, board replacement or sealing, which is necessary in case of wooden decks. Although composite decks are costlier than wooden ones, in the long run they turn out to be more cost effective due to their higher durability.
As it has the desirable properties of being insect and mold resistant and lower maintenance costs, composite decking is considered as the most durable of the decking products available in the market today. The more recent varieties of composite decking available today are also fade and stain resistant, hence, it is easier to clean them and it also has extremely high color retention properties. To maintain the composite deck, one requires for it to be cleaned at least semi-annually with a household cleaner.
Installation of composite decks requires the same tools as used in traditional wood decks, plus the added benefits of installing side grooves for putting hidden fasteners in place. This keeps the deck planks smooth, without any screws visible and allows for no splinters, warping or twisting.
Composite decking is a good investment for your home, as it stays beautiful for many years and requires very little maintenance, providing a good return for the initial investment made into it. Exotic woods can also be used for decking purposes to provide a beautiful outdoors for your home.