• Ortiz Winther posted an update 10 months, 1 week ago

    There are several decking materials available today from wood, composite (wood-plastic blend) and vinyl/plastic. Wood will have lower initial cost but more maintenance effort and expense, particularly if the desired color isn’t the natural weathered color. Wood appears to be wood. Composites usually are in the middle to high end in initial cost, lower on maintenance effort and expense, and beneficial to color retention. Composites do not look much like wood. Vinyl/plastic is commonly the very best in initial cost, longest in expected service life, lowest in maintenance cost as well as, and great for color retention. Vinyl/plastic also doesn’t look just like wood.

    WOOD. Most decking placed in the U.S. is wood and a lot wood decking is treated pine. Treated pine is treated in order to avoid rot (CCA may be eliminated and contains been replaced using ACQ & other remedies). They are acronyms for the chemicals within the treatments. The wood mostly treated is southern yellow pine. The character with the wood itself, not treatments, causes it to be susceptible to twisting, splitting, warping and splintering. Another woods being used are cedar, redwood, IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa.

    COMPOSITE. Composite decking is often a distant second in popularity after wood but has become well-known ever in new deck installations and re-decks (re-use old deck framing and replace old deck boards and railing with new composite materials). "Composite" means that the decking is molded or extruded from your secret formula that is the mix of wood and plastic or vinyl. The wood is a wood flour of varied grinds and species. The plastic is most often polyethylene or polypropylene. There are several ratios of wood to plastic and different mixtures of recycled & virgin plastic. Many of these things affect performance characteristics. Composite decking can be found in regular plank, tongue & groove, grain finish, colors, and mixed colors.

    VINYL/PLASTIC. Vinyl/plastic decking is now more popular and is primarily taking market share away from the composite deck segment. Decking profiles are usually plank however with a few manufacturers offering a tongue & groove. Vinyl/plastic decking comes in a grain or smooth finish, solid colors, and mixed colors.

    POINTS TO CONSIDER

    WOOD

    " Wood seems like solid wood and also the initial charges are reduced with pine although not necessarily so by incorporating of the other woods

    " Wood weathers and changes color – requires periodic cleaning and staining to maintain a shade besides the naturally weathered color

    " Southern yellow pine splits, cracks and splinters over time

    " Exotic woods like IPE, Tigerwood, Massaranduba and Garapa cost more but do not split and crack like pine.

    " Wood must be replaced (usually before other materials) eventually which varies with exposure, maintenance and luck

    " Wood requires some maintenance for the most powerful performance and repair life – usually pressure washed to obtain clean

    " Maintenance costs time and/or money and will offset any initial cost benefits.

    COMPOSITE

    " Initial cost is significantly above pine, but like the exotic woods

    " Longer service life

    " Lower maintenance cost as well as than wood – usually cleaned having a power washer or perhaps a chemical solution wash & flush

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Variety of colors

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " May grow mold spores within the wood component – can be difficult and troublesome to scrub completely

    " May stain – cleaning methods vary with kind of stain and wood component

    VINYL/PLASTIC

    " Initial price is normally the same or higher than composites

    " Longer service life

    " Least volume of maintenance and effort – usually cleaned using a water hose

    " No painting, staining or sealing

    " No splinters

    " Maintains original look and color long term

    " Variety of colors with the exception of dark colors like brown

    " Variety of textures – embossed wood, grain, grooved, smooth

    " Mixed colors and grains

    " Hidden fasteners

    " No mildew or mold

    " No stains

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