No matter how beautiful or exquisite the building material is, handling it improperly may leave you with a huge headache. In the case of composite decking, one of the most common questions is whether it’s alright to cut and slice the material or not.
What is composite decking made of?
Before we cut to the chase, let’s look at the components in a standard composite deck. The products here at New Wave Flooring are made of a special blend of wood fibres and plastic materials that have been recycled. This unique combination brings together the benefits of wood and plastic in a single material:
- Resistant to water, sun, insects, mould, mildew, and mild scratching
- No need for sanding, painting, or additional layer of protection
- Durable and won’t rot
- Consistent appearance and length
To cut or not to cut composite decking?
Absolutely! Of course, like any other building material, you need to know how to handle composite decking properly. That way, you won’t waste a valuable product.
Here are some tips that show how to cut composite decking appropriately:
- Mark the composite deck pieces to eliminate the need to guess where you should cut.
- You may use any conventional wood saw, but make sure that it’s sharp and well-maintained. We recommend a medium-tooth saw blade, whether you’re using a miter saw or a circular saw.
- When using power cutting tools, push the blade through the decking. Keep your fingers away from the running blades!
- Leave a few inches allowance at the deck edge. This will allow you to mark a single line through the entire edge, and cut the excess material in one go. The result will be a straight and smooth edge that looks aesthetically pleasing.
The tips above should help you remove any doubts and uncertainties about cutting composite decking materials, especially the ones available here at New Wave Flooring. If you have more inquiries about how to use our products, feel free to contact us.
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Remember that precision is key when cutting composite decking. In this manner, you can get the most out of the product. Happy cutting!