While there are countless reasons to choose composite decking, the effortless maintenance, and the incredible durability are among the top. Composite is designed to last approximately 20-30 years meanwhile pressure-treated wood has a lifespan less than half that of composite’s. Not to mention the required maintenance for pressure-treated wood is estimated at over US$ 500 per year.
When properly cared for, our outdoor composite decking will even outlast the regular 25-30 year warranty.
Not in the long run. Even though they cost more upfront, they are much easier to deal with and require far less maintenance over the years than pine wood decks. You can expect considerable long-term savings on materials and labor when you choose composite solutions.
The installation process is similar to that of hardwood decking. Composite decking usually has hidden fasteners that save time and make the process easier. For technical information, please refer to our Composite Decking Installation Guide.
Simply put, yes, all composite decking eventually expands and contracts in all directions. However, it doesn't grow and tighten as much as real wood. Unlike natural wood, composite changes in size due to the temperature, expanding when it's hot and contracting when it's cold.
Just like natural wood, you can screw and nail down composite decking for any project. While some composites require pre-drilling, it's important to check with the manufacturer for the best way to screw or nail down your board. And while you may have needed pre-drilling in the past, it is no longer necessary for specific composite boards.
Yes, composite lumber can be cut just like regular wood. No special tools are required. In order to cut your composite lumber safely and efficiently, you'll simply need either a circular saw or a miter saw with a tape measure, a pencil or blue chalk, and, of course, a pair of safety goggles. It's also important to note that some manufacturers warn that you could possibly lose your warranty if your composite is cut poorly.
Composite decking is flexible enough to be bent with the proper equipment and at the right temperature. You can use numerous tools to bend your composite boards, such as a bending press, a folding machine, or even a roll bending machine. But it’s always essential to use these tools safely and with the proper knowledge.