Composite wood decking or composite decking is a type of non-wood resilient decking material with characteristics that make it durable and resistant to outdoor weather conditions. Here are three popular options for composite wood decking:
For standard composite decking, the varying material content among the different composite decking products in the market may give rise to different standards of quality. One way of identifying and assuring a good quality composite decking product is to look at the manufacturer’s warranty. A good quality composite decking product is relatively better in terms of dimensional stability, weather resistance and slip resistance. As such, compared to solid wood decking, composite decking is a much more suitable material when it comes to designing a balcony or outdoor patio.
Considered one of the newer entries in the market, Wrapped Composite Decking comprises of a composite decking with a layer of composite encased around it. As this form of composite decking has only been around in the market for about 3 years, it is pretty difficult to see its pros and cons. Often, composite decking products tend to expand and contract when faced with sudden temperature changes, especially in places with tropical climates, such as Singapore.
However, one thing about wrapped composite decking is that during such sudden temperature changes (cool weather to hot weather), both the inner composite and outer composite expand and contract in tandem. The trapped heat and changing shape of the inner composite material may cause the whole decking to warp and become unstable in the long run. Therefore, as it is a very new composite wood decking option, home owners may want to check the credibility of the manufacturer’s source before purchasing.
The third and last option would be Eco Composite Wood Decking. This innovative decking material has relatively better performance in terms of dimensional stability, durability and overall weather resistance. Due to stringent manufacturing standards and the use of sustainable materials from outstanding manufacturing sources, eco composite wood decking is of higher quality than most conventional wood composite decking and wrapped composite decking material. It is still important for home owners to check with their flooring contractors on the manufacturer source of the composite decking.
With the wide array of composite decking products available in the market, it’d be wise for home owners to carry out more research before deciding on a composite wood decking product for their outdoor balcony, patio or gardens.
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