What is composite decking?
Traditional decking was largely made of timber. Although this had an aesthetic charm, it was far from ideal for use in an outdoor space. Timber-based decking has many issues being particularly susceptible to weather and requiring continual maintenance. Composite decking in Perth can be a much wiser, more sustainable solution.
What is composite decking made of?
Composite decking is made up from a variety of materials often containing a mixture of wood fibres and plastic, with other binding agents helping hold them together. Although plastic is a large component, composite decking is actually very environmentally friendly. Made from recycled material from items such as plastic bags and milk cartons as well as containing up to 60% filler wood. They have seen a rapid surge of popularity since the 1990s.
Even so, in the early years, composite decks still encountered many issues. The mixture was not as stiff as timber and was unable to maintain its colour. However, since 2009, through a combination of PVC, foaming agents and a variety of other fillers, composite decking looks and feels amazing and stands the test of time vastly better than wood.
How long do composite decks last?
While the look and quality of timber naturally reduces due to physical damage and exposure to the elements, composite decks are more durable and withstand these forces for a much longer duration. Composite decking is much less likely to crack, split or splinter and maintains its colour by being stain-resistant impervious to fading. As such, with these qualities you are virtually assured a long-lasting deck.
How much does composite decking cost?
So while being vastly superior to wood why do so many people still use wooden decks. Well composite decking costs more than traditional decking. But it’s important to note that this is simply up front. Long term, with minimal maintenance and repair costs, composite decking is actually the more economical option. By avoiding the resealing and resurfacing requirements of a timber deck, you’ll save plenty. Plus, composite decking prices can vary between products. Our boards can cost anywhere from $24 to $69.
Why use composite decking?
To keep your deck in good condition you have two choices. With traditional wood the process is costly and time-consuming, requiring frequent attention and large-scale repainting, resurfacing and resealing projects being essential for longevity. Or with composite decking, a quick hose down every once in a while, will leave your decking looking brand new.
Safety is also an area where composite decks reign supreme. Splits and splinters cease to be a risk for your feet. Additionally, our decking often has non-slip properties which can be particularly useful for anyone caring for highly energetic youngsters. With composite decking, your deck can actually become a safe play area for children or pets.
For your decks, aesthetics play a huge role. Composite decking can easily mimic the look of wood with many different options to choose from. With all the benefits of timber and none of the drawbacks why wouldn’t you choose the sustainable, low-maintenance, beautiful option.
Where can I get composite decking?
At New Wave Flooring we specialise in modern, effective flooring solutions including laminate flooring, artificial grass as well as premium composite decking in Perth. Our products are high-quality and great value. Finding composite decking in Perth doesn’t have to be a headache. We are based in Wangara, a one stop shop for all your flooring needs from tiles to artificial turf. We are one of the best composite decking suppliers in Perth so call us on 08 6406 1488!