Composite decking is known for its durability and stark similarity to natural wood. However, one of the biggest questions about the use of composite deck materials is whether it can withstand not only the test of time but also exposure to harsh elements.
Here are some of the most common factors that may damage conventional wood planks but will never be a problem with composite decking:
Due to its natural structure and composition, wood readily absorbs moisture whenever it gets in contact with the fluid. The water that seeps through the cracks and pores of natural wood may soften the material, rendering it weaker than it normally is.
This won’t be an issue with composite decking because the material is water-resistant. You can have composite deck installed near swimming pools or areas where moisture is inevitable, and it will last long.
Natural UV radiation from the sun may produce heat stains on wood, but not on composite decking. Aside from its heat-resistant composition, the material has a layer of protection against the elements of nature.
Insects and pests
Wood has a scent that attracts pests, while its perforated structure invites critters to set residence within the material. In contrast, composite decking is designed to be resistant to insects and pests that may otherwise harm your pets or cause disease.
Mould and mildew
When water seeps through natural wood, mould and mildew will eventually follow. This growth is not only a sight for sore eyes but also a serious health risk.
Fortunately, composite decking repels water and therefore has lower risk of mildew and mould growth.
Most homeowners and building managers love the scratch-resistant quality of composite deck. Unlike wood that gets damaged by light abrasion, composite decking is more resistant to scratch damage. This may be attributed to its unique blend of wood fibre and recycled plastic.
Although composite decking has significantly better durability and integrity than wood, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to maintain it. Make sure that you regularly clean the surface and occasionally check for signs of wear and tear. That way, you can maximize the life and beauty of composite decking.