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Composite Decking

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Composite Decking by FinishBuild

Looking for an ideal floor for your outdoor environments? bet on composite decking and you will find resistance, easy maintenance and eco-friendly floor.

1990s was the moment where composite decking appeared on the scene, and from that moment has not stop being an excellent earth- friendly option which does not need much more than an annual washdown; this building material is made from recycled wood fibers, what make it high resistant to elements and stains, not to mention how easy is working with this type of product.

Enhance your outdoor living space with our selection of composite decking. Build your own happy place with composite decking and change the appearance of your home or business.

How to install Composite Decking

Before starting with the composite decking installation, it is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Thermal expansion is always something to be aware, composite decking tends to shrink and increase in size as they heat and cool. That is why it is advisable to leave a spacing that allows some movement between the pieces, especially in places whose temperatures have high fluctuations throughout the year.

Some composite decking require a system of clips for installation. These are screwed into the frame of the space where they are to be placed so that they fit snugly. You can find these implements for the installation of your floors in the Deck Accessories department.

To avoid the formation of fungi, it is recommended to use reverse thread screws when screwing the composite decking to the platform. Fungus proliferation can occur during installation if a cornet head screw is used and some material remains on the composite decking surface. You can also use a hammer to level the surface if resulting a raised bump.

To avoid open ends that are not attractive and can accumulate dirt and leaves most hollow decking products sell end caps that can close the ends or you can use a racetrack or picture frame pattern perimeter to cover the open ends.

Maintenance and Care

Protect your composite decks with some tips for keeping your deck looking new throughout the year:

  • Make sure to leave the space required between decking boards and minimum 6″ ventilation under deck.
  • Improve drainage or grade soil to eliminate standing water under decks.
  • Composite is known to retain heat. Direct or indirect sources of fires, such as fireplaces, fire pits and barbecue grills, can damage the surface of your composite deck.
  • Preserve the deck clean and dry.
  • Clean your deck at least twice a year to observe its condition, prevent future damage and repair as soon as possible if there is any damage
  • If you want to use pressure washers to keep the surface of your deck clean, make sure that the pressure is less than 3,000 psi at 10″ above deck surface. Wash in the direction of the grain pattern to avoid possible damage to the boards.
  • Try as much as possible to avoid the use of wet mulch against the structure of the platform.
  • Make sure that there is no water stored under mattresses and furniture on the deck because it prohibit water evaporation and can cause some staining of the deck surface.
  • Use of wrought iron railing or other carbon steel materials in contact with or above an uncapped composite deck may cause unwanted surface stains