Like any other household accessories, decking materials vary in appearance, durability and cost. You must have some insight into traditional wood decking and composite decking. You may want to employ certain kind of lumber or decking material for the structural part of your decking task. And other decking materials for making of railings and upper surface which is visible and where you walk. You can use natural wood boards for your decking, which is genuine and have a natural look. It has a natural look and woody smell as it is original. You can use hardwood or softwood; the former is more expensive than the latter.
Wood Polymer composite
Wood polymer composite popularly known as composite or synthetic decking is growing in popularity and acceptance among homeowners and builders. It is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood decking. It is usually heavier than wood decking but offers many advantages. It is weather-resistant, waterproof, stain and fade-resistant, do not rot and have very low upkeep. It comes in varied colors and textures.
A well maintained attractive deck can be a pleasant place to spend leisurely warm summer days. You can spend some blissful, solitary hours seating over there watching the sun go down in the horizon. But if the deck is made of wood, you need a lot of up keeping preserving its luster and looking. Regular paint, oiling and repairing job is needed to conserve it. Composite decks mostly made of recycled plastic and wood fiber requires very little maintenance, and it is also eco-friendly. Modern composite decks come in multiple earth shades and wood colors to give a natural look and feel. The wood fiber textures on the surface of the deck give it a more authentic look.
The advantages of composite decking are manifolds apart from being durable, stain and fade resistance, low maintenance cost it is environmentally friendly. The discarded 1.5 billion plastic shopping bags or 7 out of every shopping gag used in the US are used in the manufacturing of composite decking. This aspect reduces landfilling to a great aspect which is expensive as well polluting. Composite decking needs very little up, keeping just an occasional scrub with water and detergent all is necessary. Composite decks do not have nails or splinter giving it a very smooth and flat finish, also making it safer for children and pets.