Pros of Composite Deck Boards 1. Longevity. The number one benefit of composite products is longevity. Composite deck materials can withstand the most severe weather conditions for decades without any additional treatment or protection. 2. Durability. Composite decks do not need to be stained, painted, or treated.
Each system requires either hidden fasteners or deck screws (for best results, use screws specifically for composite material). In addition, depending on the system, you may need end caps, reinforcement pieces, special trim or skirt pieces, and add-ons like railings, posts and post caps.
Construction techniques differ for composite decking compared to traditional wood decking, as composite boards are installed on a pressure-treated lumber sub-structure for a new deck or replacement. Composite decking is made mainly of either wood flour (a recycled post-industrial material) PVC, or wood fibres and polyethylene.
Plastic decking is a composite material for decking of which plastic is one of the components. Other components of this decking material include reclaimed wood. Several different types of plastic can be used in plastic decking, depending on the manufacturer. Some use recycled plastic, while others use virgin plastic.
All decking products can get hot underfoot with a direct overhead sun exposure, but plastic and composite decking have a reputation for getting uncomfortably hot in warm, sunny climates. In general the darker the color and the denser the material, the hotter the material will get in full sunshine.