Recycled Decking ProductsPosted on 11:59 pm | Posted in WPC Decking Blog | Posted by
Recycled Decking Products & Porch Floors
Manufacturers have introduced a wide range of synthetic decking products, most of which promise wood like appearance and low or no maintenance. Most fall into a few categories discussed below, but each has unique characteristics and installation requirements. In all cases, review the product specifications and, if possible, look at an installation before purchasing.
Recycled Products -Recycled Composite Decking
Recycled composite decking can be stained by some oils if they are not cleaned off. High density and high quality plastics must be used to ensure weathering capabilities. The blend of synthetic vs wood fibre is decisive in determining the product’s ability to resist moisture absorption.
In general, recycled composite decking materials are dimensionally stable, impervious to the elements, and can be worked more or less like wood. The solid products are installed like wood decking. Special screws are designed for composite decking leave a neat hole without dimpling around the screw head.
Most solid products cannot exceed 16-inch on-center framing, and they feel a little bouncy underfoot due to the recycled decking products’ greater flexibility (low modulus of elasticity) compared to wood. Some have an embossed wood-grain finish that may wear away over time.
Deck materials must be able to withstand the powerful forces of nature over years of exposure to the elements. Factors such as severe temperature changes, intense sun, rain, snow, and wind will put any material to the test of longevity. Deck materials must also be strong; how can you be sure a material will be able to support the loads exerted on it and pass building inspections? And on top of everything else most people want their deck to be attractive and compliment their house and landscaping.17 comments | Comment has been closed
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