Things to Look for While Buying Composite Decking

Many homeowners who are unable to spare time for deck maintenance are opting for Composite Decking. The demand for Composite Decking is steadily on the rise. Composite decking has lot to offer compared to traditional decks made of woods. Composite Decks are highly durable and they require little to no maintenance.

The market value of Composite Decking is ever increasing due to it’s popular demand. Composite Decks are a mixture of wood and plastic. This gives it high durability compared to ordinary wood decks. If you are a new homeowner planning to implement composite decks in your house, then there quite a few things you should know before making the final decision.

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  • Recycled Materials
  • Ratio of Wood to Plastic
  • Type of Plastic
  • Warranty

Recycled Materials

Composite Decking are mostly made of recycled wood and plastic. This makes them very eco friendly. But there are few companies that do not follow it. Composite Decking is made from 100% recycled materials to 100% non recycled materials. When buying a composite decking material check how many percent recycled materials is used in the manufacture of the decking materials.

Ratio of Wood to Plastic

Before you buy a composite decking material find the wood to plastic ratio. The decks resistance to mold and insects depends on it. Generally manufacturers follow a 50-50 ratio. But there are many who use 70% percent wood in the manufacturing process. This is not good since it will reduce the decks resistance against mold. When the Plastic ratio is high the deck will be easy to clean.

Type of Plastic

The strength and durability of the composite decks rely on the plastic. For longer life term, the plastic in the composite deck must be made from HDPE Plastics. Only these plastics will have high durability and last longer. Weaker plastics will disintegrate easily.

Warranty

When you have decided your choice ask the retailer for warranty. Generally composite decks come with a warranty of 10 – 20 years. If the retailer offers anything lesser than this choose a material that will last longer.

These are the main things you should keep in mind when buying a composite decking for your property.

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Tips to Choose the Best Deck Builder for Your Project

When you decide to construct a new deck on your property the first question that comes to your mind is “Who can I trust to build my Deck?” Of course building a new deck is not an easy task. The deck builder must take a lot of things into consideration before building the new deck and ensure the safety and security of the deck. The deck is an extension of your house. You cannot leave it to some amateur builder to construct it, since the safety of those who use the deck depends on the strength and quality of the deck. In this article we shall discuss how to find the best builder for your project.

Cost and Quality:

These are two of the important factors that you must keep in your mind when you plan to hire a deck builder for your project. A well established deck builder may charge high for the high quality of work he offers or he might not be available for the budget you have in mind. If you are looking for quality deck building service at affordable cost then the best way to find one is by researching. Check out various builders in your locality and compare their services. Get a quote from all of them and take feedback from their previous clients before finalizing a deck builder.

Materials Used:

When you ask for a quote, ask the complete details about the type of material that will be used along with its quantity. Generally an experienced builder will provide you with all the necessary details. But it’s safe to ask the details upfront to avoid unnecessary problems later. If the builder uses high quality products the cost of the total construction is certain to go up. But if you use low quality of products then the safety of the deck well take a hit. Choose the deck builder that ensures quality as well as cost control.

Previous Experience:

Experience is the key to choosing the best deck builder. A new deck builder may not have the necessary skills or experience that would be required to construct an everlasting deck. Ask about the builder’s experience and a list of his previous clients and check with them about their quality of work. This will help you decide whether to hire that person or not.

By following the above mentioned tips you can easily find the best deck builder for your project.