Man Made Decking Materials

Posted on 11:44 pm | Posted in WPC Decking Blog | Posted by Admin

Composite, or engineered, wood is a building material made of wood or other cellulosic materials mixed with a binding agent to create a material that is stronger, denser and heavier than wood alone. Wood plastic composite materials (also know as synthetic or man made decking materials) can be fabricated as veneers, plywood or as structural materials. New types of engineered lumber have given homeowners a growing choice of attractive options for exterior construction, such as porches and decking.

Man Made Decking

Composites Or Man Made Decking Materials

Composites or man made decking materials are a great choice for any surface where you or your children are likely to make skin contact, particularly decking, rails and outdoor tables. These products also are much easier to clean than wood, and you don’t have to worry about getting splinters in your hands or feet. Many of the plastic milk bottles, detergent containers and grocery bags we recycle are being mixed with wood fiber to make a new generation of decking material called composite lumber. This recycled plastic lumber is now available in many home-improvement stores as well as lumber and building supply sources. These products last as long as arsenic-treated wood. Unfortunately they cost more. Manufacturers, however, say the increased cost is offset because the composite lumber doesn’t need the periodic staining and sealing that traditional wood requires.

Benefits of Composite Wood Decking Material

Weather resistance: The plastic in composite wood decking material makes it less susceptible to changes in temperature, which would normally cause the wood to expand and contract. This reduces wear and tear on your deck and prevents warping. The synthetic material encasement also protects the wood from rot and decay caused by prolonged exposure to moisture.

Maintenance-free: Composite wood decking material has the look and feel of real wood, but resists rotting and splintering. It performs well in all outdoor weather conditions, so it is more forgiving of everyday wear and tear and of unusual events that might cause severe damage to a wood deck. It is virtually impervious to termites and never has to be treated or stained.

Durability: Decks made from composite materials last two to three times longer than those made from solid wood. They also continue looking good much longer and with much less work. Although they initially cost more than solid wood, they make up the price difference over time by eliminating the need for expensive maintenance and replacement of rotting or splitting boards.

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