What is composite decking made from?

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It usually contains the same wood used in timber, a mixture of recycled plastic fibres with bonding agents. Because of that, it was also called a “manufactured board” or “man-made wood”. Some manufacturers use veneers outside to make it even more attractive. Composite decking can also be made from wood waste. It is one of the options for our growing demand for wood and other wood products. It is a great alternative which helps to reduce massive deforestation. Various suppliers might have different materials and products used in their composite decking. Still, this is the most common thing you need to know about composite decking features. Using recycled wood in composite decking production makes it highly sustainable, therefore encouraging recycling and re-use.

Fast Facts About Composite Wood

  • It was the year between 2010 to 2015 that the demand for composite decking gained more popularity.
  • After 2015 the market demand for composite decking continues to rise.
  • The most commonly used recycled plastic materials in composite decking are polyethene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride.
  • Composite decking can last up to 30 years compared to traditional wood, which usually lasts for only 5 to 10 years.
  • Composite decking boards or planks are usually longer than timber since they resist warping. It can reach up to 20 feet or longer.
  • Composite decking can be hot when exposed to sunlight but will not melt. However, this is not a good practice as it is usually encouraging composite decking users to place it in shaded areas.
  • About three thousand recycled plastic cartons can be used just for ten square feet of composite decking. Imagine how much plastic can be recycled just by using composite decking, which helps to save the environment.
  • Spaces between the composite decking boards are larger than those between traditional wooden boards.

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Where Can You Use Wood Plastic Composite (WPC)?

It is mostly used for the following:

  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Construction
  • Floor decking
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Windows
  • Railings, etc.

Why Use Composite Decking?

  • It is cheaper than some exotic hardwoods. It lasts longer with improved product quality and offers better value for your money.
  • It is resistant to weather changes and stains, especially with proper care, treatment, and maintenance.
  • It is environmentally friendly. You can make composite wood out of smaller trees or defective woods. It also reduces the plastics in landfills since it is one of the materials used to produce composite wood.

Maintaining Composite Wood

  • Maintaining composite wood is relatively low-maintenance compared to other kinds of wood. You don’t need a regular sanding or stain treatment. As long as you have warm water and soap and scrub it immediately, you can have fewer costs with maintaining your composite wood products. 
  • It is rot and decay resistant compared to solid woods. Making it last longer. 
  • It has a wide range of designs and colours to choose from.
  • It is easier to work with and fix. Composite wood is malleable, allowing you to design its layout according to your taste.
  • It can be produced in large sizes. 
  • As composite wood is man-made, it can easily be designed for different purposes.
  • It is not prone to decay or warping compared to other types of wood.
  • It is child-friendly. Most composite woods were designed to be slip-resistant* (not slip-proof), making them the best choice for families.
  • Composite Decking feels like timber but also has the aesthetics, beauty and elegance of real wood.
  • Manufacturers are continually improving their designs and making them look even more natural.

Conclusion

Composite wood has been gaining popularity for all the reasons stated above. Who wouldn’t want to use composite wood for their home? It is one of the best options to reduce the need for both soft and hardwoods. A visually appealing outdoor flooring solution of the highest quality at affordable prices.

 

*Caution should always be exercised with any surface that is wet underfoot to avoid slipping and accidents

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