Does composite decking need maintenance?
It's true that many composite decking options require very little maintenance but they do need basic cleaning in order to keep them looking presentable No, you don't need to repaint or reseal composite decking, and it is very resistant to rot, however, it's a good idea to sweep them clean weekly in order to prevent the growth of mold and lichen.
Is composite decking slippery when wet?
Composite decks are not slippery even when there is water on the surface. The problem, however, is when there is an accumulation of both ice and water on your composite decking. Aside from being the cause of accidents, ice, and the removal of it, can cause some damage to your patio. Non-anti slippery composite decking.
Is composite wood waterproof?
Composite decking does not absorb water. When moisture gets trapped under the decking and on top of the wood joists, it stays there and keeps it from drying properly. Homeowners who are looking for waterproof composite decking materials should look for those that have special features.
Why is composite wood so expensive?
Most composite decks are manufactured from the by-products of wood such as wood chips, sawdust, and recycled plastic materials.
This unique combination makes composite decks expensive than other types of decking material.
How much does composite wood cost?
Averaging between $3.50 and $6.00 per linear foot, the cost of installing a high-quality composite deck will certainly be higher than building with traditional pressure treated lumber, which can cost between $5.00 - $7.00 per (8') board.
What are the disadvantages of composite decking?
A pricey alternative to wood. Durability comes at a cost, as composite decking is more expensive than wood.
Composites aren't natural.
Composite decks aren't completely maintenance free.
You'll need to comparison shop.
Cons of Composite Decking
What are the problems with composite decking?
One of the most common complaints about composite decking is mold. Decking that is in shaded area or areas that tend to get wet frequently have been shown to grow mold and stain the deck. This is not restricted to composite decking. Wood decking can grow mold, mildew and algae.
How long do Composite decks last?
Composite decking can last over 20 years with the proper care and maintenance. Composite holds up better under hot or cold weather shifts. Composite is resistant to rot, mold, and termites, which can take their toll on wood decking materials. Composite does not require as much upkeep as wood.
20 years
  • Why is composite wood so expensive?
  • How much does composite wood cost?
  • What are the disadvantages of composite decking? Cons of Composite Decking
  • What are the problems with composite decking?
  • How long do Composite decks last? 20 years

The post Installing Your Composite Decking Correctly appeared first on Ecodek.


The post Installing Your Composite Decking Correctly appeared first on Ecodek.

At Ecodek we manufacture a product that is both durable and robust, and in order to ensure your decking will continue as such it is important to install and maintain the product as per our Installation Instructions.

The installation of Ecodek is a straight forward and simple process and very similar to working with a hardwood timber. However, there are a few areas of installation, such as ventilation, that are key to keeping your Ecodek in tip top condition! We have produced guidelines so you can avoid any potential issues with your decking, so we do encourage customers to take extra time to read them.

To install Ecodek, you don’t need any special tools, our simple installation guide lists the tools required. When laying Ecodek, you must allow for at least 5mm space between the boards. If the area where the decking is being installed is rather damp or there’s not much air flow you will have to increase the spacing distance to 10mm.

Air flow is a necessity when laying WPC or timber decking, that’s why you MUST have the correct spaces distance between the boards. To make spacing the boards simple and easy, we have added a new product to our accessories range – Ecodek Spacers! The spacers allow you to set the correct distance between the boards when laying them. There are two sides to them, 5mm and 10mm, making the one little unit a one stop shop!! To ensure airflow is sufficient, the decking needs a ground clearance of at 80mm, which you can achieve by using our substructure and pedestals.

Take a look at our new Technical Hub for things technical, including our installation guides. These resources are there to provide help and ensure you install your decking correctly, so please follow them throughout! Of course if anything is unclear, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Back to blog home page

The post Installing Your Composite Decking Correctly appeared first on Ecodek.


Read full article on Blog


Not All Synthetic Decking Is "Composite".
Not All Building Codes Allow Composite Decking.
Composite Lumber Is Not Just Decking.
Composite Lumber Can Be Expensive.
Higher-Quality Products Look More Like Wood.
Composites Can Be Slippery When Wet.