Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT MAKES COMPOSITE DECKING A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO WOOD?
A: 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.
Q: HOW LONG DOES MY COMPOSITE DECKING LAST?
A: When properly maintained, our outdoor composite decking will even outlast our longest 25-year warranty.
Q: ARE COMPOSITE OR HARDWOOD DECKS EXPENSIVE?
A: 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. You can expect considerable long-term savings on materials and labor when you choose tropical wood or composite solutions.
Q: HOW DO I INSTALL MY COMPOSITE DECKING?
A: 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 here.
Q: IS PVC BETTER THAN WOOD OR COMPOSITE?
A: PVC is engineered to have a solid, uniform cell structure, completely sealed with a hardcover cap for ultimate protection and durability. PVC products do not contain fillers or organic ingredients and provide a rugged and durable, yet lightweight product that will not rot, grow mold, splinter, or allow termites to fester.
Q: WHAT TYPE OF MAINTENANCE DOES PVC REQUIRE?
A: PVC is virtually maintenance-free and easily cleaned just by hosing it down. Stubborn stains may require using mild soap and water.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME BENEFITS OF PVC DECKING?
A: PVC has excellent traction wet or dry with deeply embossed boards having wood grain texture on both sides. In addition, PVC boards outperform wood and composite materials because they require virtually no upkeep and will fade minimally over time. Also, because PVC is completely inorganic, it is impervious to insects including termites.
Q: PVC DECKING OR COMPOSITE DECKING?
A: In many applications, traditional wood and PVC can compete head-to-head as the building material of choice. PVC is a cost-effective building material that can survive inclement weather and has a long service life. If you want a lighter-weight material that is easier to handle than wood-composite, PVC is for you. Like wood-composite, PVC decking does not rot and never needs to be finished.
Q: HOW MUCH ENERGY IS SAVED BY USING WOOD COMPARED TO OTHER MATERIALS?
A: There are two important sources of energy savings:
- Energy savings in the manufacture of wood-based materials, transportation, and construction assembly. (Board)
- Energy savings in heating, which is estimated to be 35% compared to a less isolated home.
Q: IS IT TRUE THAT WOOD HELPS REDUCE THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT?
A: When forests grow, they capture CO2 from the environment. The plantations grow 13.5 million m3 per year. One m3 of wood has 2 tons of CO2 incorporated.
Q: ARE WOODEN RESISTANT TO EARTHQUAKES?
A: A properly designed wooden structure is extremely resistant to earthquakes. It is light, so it has very little inertia. It is flexible, so it does not collapse. In short, it is very safe.
Q: DOES THE WOOD OF THE DECKS ROT OUTSIDE?
A: Products specially developed to treat deck wood are characterized by protecting the board by penetration. Unlike varnish, they do not form a surface film. In this way, the wood is water repellent but keeps its pores open.