Outdoor home improvement projects have gained traction in recent years as their implementation not only enhances the functionality of a residence but significantly improves curb appeal as well. The addition of this extension offers one of the greatest returns on investment available when it comes to exterior renovation ventures, and offers a wide variety of options when it comes to aspects such as designs, upgrades, and functionality. One of the primary aspects to consider when undertaking a decking project is the best material for the project. Composite lumber has become one of the more popular alternatives in this category.
Some of the primary benefits that can be enjoyed from these particular options include:
Durability and Longevity
One of the major reasons Deck Builders recommend composite lumber as a favorite option is the durability enjoyed with this particular material. Composite decking is a manufactured blend of wood and plastic fibers that represent a stronger alternative to natural alternatives such as lumber. There are several options to choose from with composite decking, and solid composite represents the best solution when it comes to sturdy solutions. The combination of plastic and timber makes them greatly resistant to elements such as rot, molding, and infestation, greatly enhancing their longevity in the process. Good composite decking can last between 25 and 30 years, with some options featuring an even longer lifespan.
Composite decking represents one of the more affordable options in the market when considering the value for money on offer with the product. Although alternatives such as natural softwoods and pressure-treated lumber represent cheaper options, they don’t offer the same level of quality available with composite solutions. Depending on the manufacturer/product involved, composite decking can cost between $10 to $30 per square foot. The inclusion of labor costs would raise these expenses to between $50 to $70 per square foot. Aiming for the lowest prices in the market isn’t advisable, however, despite the higher quality available with this building material. Taking the time to compare and contrast different options before making a final decision
Composite decking is easy to maintain, further enhancing the cost-effective nature of the material. Its sturdy nature means that all that’s required is simple cleaning on a regular basis to ensure its upkeep. The nature of its components means that good quality composite lumber doesn’t tend to warp or splinter from being exposed to the elements. Most decking options in this category are also naturally protected from UV rays as they don’t have the same reaction to direct sunlight as natural lumber. This makes them resistant to aspects such as discoloration. Professionals recommend using warm water and soap to clean the surface, while chemicals such as chlorine and bleach should be avoided as they can cause the surface to fade in the long run. Avoiding standing water is also recommended, although this issue might not directly affect the composite decking itself – it can have adverse effects on the underbelly.
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