By Design - Composite Decking Experts in Perth
Before you choose between composite and wood for your decking, ask yourself one question: Where is your deck going to be built? Is your deck in the sun or in the shade for the majority of the day? In summer, when will it be used most? You'll want to choose the material that will be comfortable in that spot on the hottest days of the year. This needs to be your foremost consideration.
If you can't stand the thought of the 12-24 month maintenance regime for a typical timber deck, composite decking for your home in Perth may be your answer. Composite decking is a popular, environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood as it’s weather resistant, stain resistant and lightweight.
Composite decking is comprised of wood fibres and recycled plastics so it never needs staining or sealing. It doesn’t have the same potential to rot or splinter like timber, which makes it a relatively low maintenance option.
It has been manufactured to be stain and blemish resistant and comes in a wide range of colours and textures. Composite timber is made with recycled content so it gives new life to plastic waste that otherwise might end up in landfills so you are also lowering your carbon footprint when you consider Composite Decking. The plastic coating gives it a wear layer and prevents moisture from reaching the wood particles inside the composite.
It’s likely to maintain its wood-grain look, texture and colour for much of its lifetime. The only effort required is to pressure wash the deck for great results.
On the down side, it does have a somewhat plastic appearance and can be subject to scratching. The initial cost of materials is higher. Composite Decking can also be hot underfoot when compared with timber decking and is not recommended for full sun areas such as pool surrounds. We recommend Composite Decking for shaded areas only. If people in your home like to walk barefoot outdoors, Composite Decking may not be for you if those areas are sun drenched. The material that Composite Decking is made from is not as stiff as timber so it requires more support to prevent sagging, increasing the up-front costs.