Factors to Consider When Choosing Composite Decking

The composite decking industry has grown despite seemingly insurmountable challenges to offer more materials of better quality each year. Companies like Decorum are now offering composite decking material that was unheard of several years ago. 

Despite the benefits of using composite decking, you need to make an informed decision before acquiring composite material for your deck. Some of the factors you need to consider include: 

Your Budget

Composite decking costs more than wood decking. However, even among different composite decking materials, there are significant differences in prices. 

Before buying composite boards for your deck, you need to check the differences as far as colours, design, constituent material and texture. The differences will be of significant account when evaluating how much they cost. 

Measurement is crucial when deciding on the price of a composite deck. You can choose to have 12-foot boards instead of 20-foot boards if they fit. Choosing composite decking boards that use screws instead of hidden fasteners could also help your budget. 

Placement

When buying composite boards for decking, you would be wise to consider where those boards will be placed. Just like any other material, composite material reacts differently when placed in heat and in cold, damp places. 

If your composite decking is going to place in the hottest of areas, then light boards will be preferable to dark coloured boards. If you are going to place it in the shade, then a dark colour is preferable. 

If the boards will be placed in a wet place where it is likely to be rained on a lot then the type of board will matter. Boards with rougher texture will be advisable. The type of fastener will also matter too hereby. 

Fasteners

If you don’t care about the way your deck looks immensely like most composite deck owners then this is an easy decision to make. On the other hand, if you plan on spending countless hours on your deck, then the look will matter to you and so will the fasteners you use. 

A tongue and groove system will not only hide the screws but also cause you to use less of them. Clip systems are good for lightweight decking boards but they allow for much dirt and debris to collect in the open ends. 

Hidden fasteners are often the best type of fasteners but they can increase the price of composite decking by as much as a third. 

Does it Meet Building Codes?

Each major city has its own set of building codes. If it does not, then the state or county will have them. 

When building a composite deck, then you will be required to the local building codes. You should also ensure the composite material is allowed for the purpose for which you intend to use it. A certain composite material will not be used as stairs or any weight-bearing surface. 

You should also ensure that the fasteners you use on your composite decking are also up to code. If you do not, you risk strict penalties that may be levied at you during inspections. 

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