FAQs – Composite Decking
In Melbourne, composite decking is becoming an increasingly popular choice as compared to traditional timber decking. This is because composite decking has a lot of advantages which make them the preferred choice for a lot of outdoor living projects. However, do you know if it suitable for your outdoor living project?
To find out we have put together some of the most common questions we get asked about composite decking:
What is composite decking made from?
Composite decking uses a variety of materials. The exact material that is used depends on the brand. For example, some are made from 100% recycled plastic, while others are a combination of plastic and natural wood.
Is composite decking environmentally friendly?
Quite often composite decking is better for the environment. However, you need to check the brand you intend to use.
Is composite decking get slippery when wet?
A lot of composite decking is less slippery when wet when compared to traditional timbers. However, you should also be careful when walking on wet timber – no matter what type of timber it is.
Does composite decking require less maintenance than traditional timber decking?
Traditional timber decking needs to be resealed every few years to maintain it. If you don’t do this they will warp and crack. Composite decking doesn’t require this maintenance type of maintenance. However, you should routinely sweep the debris (such as leaves etc) off the deck. This helps to keep it looking clean and also keep clear the space between the deck boards so rain can flow through.
Is it easier to leave scratch marks on composite decking?
Composite decking can be susceptible to scratch marks – especially if you drag furniture across it. You also need to be careful how you clean composite decking. You should always read the manufacturer’s instructions but usually only mild soap and water should be used. Pressure water cleaning should be avoided.
Is composite decking termite resistant?
Yes composite decking is termite resistant. In fact, it is one of the reasons why it is becoming such a popular choice in decking. This is especially true in termite prone areas of Melbourne.
Are composite decks a good choice around swimming pools?
As people are usually in their bare feet around swimming pools, composite decks have a advantage as you will never be bothered with splinters. A lot of composite decks are now also slip resistant – which is a great safety advantage. Also, depending on the colour of your composite deck, it doesn’t heat up as much as traditional timber.