If you’ve decided it’s time for a backyard renovation, installing a deck is an excellent way to create an area in which to entertain. When choosing the lumber, you may come across composite decking, which is a man-made material. If you’re unfamiliar with this option, here is an overview of what it is and why it’s popular.
What Is Composite Decking?
Composite is an alternative to wood made from recycled materials. It tends to be made of 50% wood fibers and 50% recycled plastic, although you may find that different manufacturers have other ratios. These reused components make it an eco-friendly option.
While a greater investment than wood decking, it pays for itself within a couple of years. Given how durable and low-maintenance it is, it’s quickly becoming a favorite with landscapers and homeowners alike. It doesn’t retain much heat, so your feet won’t get burned even in the summer. Its plastic content also makes it more resistant to moisture, helping prevent flexing and sagging.
What Projects Can You Use Composite Decking for?
Other than garden decking, many people have found creative ways to use this material. For example, composite can be used as a foundation for a planter box, since it’s robust, attractive, and won’t rot or warp if it gets wet.
You can also use it to create paths and other hardscapes throughout your home, as it is durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic for around 25 to 30 years. Since the material is moisture-resistant, you also won’t need to stain or seal it to keep it in good shape, reducing maintenance needs.
Freres Building Supply has been around since 1943, providing the families and business of Willamette Valley and the Pacific Northwest with high-quality building supplies. Whether you need paint, lawn products, or composite decking, their shelves are always well-stocked. If you don’t see what you need, just ask and they’ll source the items. Call them today at (503) 769-2879 to ask about their inventory or learn more about lumber and building materials on their website.