Composite decking is a great low-maintenance alternative to wood, with years of improving, there are so many quality composite decking materials available in the market, you may lose your patience to choose the right one when you plan to build your own composite deck. Hereby, we recommend below guides to help you to choose the most suitable composite decking.
1.Consider your budget
Choose composite decking based on your budget. The variations in design, color and grain pattern, plastic-to-wood percentage, installation systems etc factors can affect the price of the composite decking.
Sundi provides a wide range of composite decking products to meet your needs, including a variety of dimension and colors choice, as well as surface finishes to complement their natural appearance. We have traditional WPC Decking (Hollow & Solid), Capped WPC Decking(Hollow & Solid) and 3D Embossing WPC Decking etc. Our team will always be pleased to assist you with any enquires and to help you choose the most suitable product to meet your budget for your satisfaction.
The traditional hollow composite decking is welcome due to its higher cost performance, but the color and pattern is limited. In recent years, Co-extrusion decking (also called “capped” or “cover” deck) is more and more popular in worldwide markets. It is important distinction to note because that traditional generations of composite decking were uncapped, the big difference is that co-extrusion WPC as a “cover” that provides added protection against moisture, stain and fading etc relative impact.
2. Color and Design
Other than the less maintenance, people choose composite decking based on its style and color preferences. Some high class composite decking has real wood like aesthetic and be regarded as an eco-friendly alternative to wood decking.
If you are one that cares about the looks, you will want to find composite decking as realistic as real wood. With updated technology, Sundi has developed a variation collection of composite Decking which offers the aesthetic of natural timber and the benefits of long lasting beauty with minimal maintenance, you will have many colors and grain patterns to choose from that you are sure to be happy with your choice.
3. Decking Installation
There are two types of composite decking, ungrooved and grooved boards.
For ungrooved boards, we use exposed fasteners with face screws. If you don’t mind the exposed nails and screws, the solid ungrooved composite decking is always very popular.
For grooved boards, we always use hidden fasteners, Sundi WPC provides plastic clips, stainless steel clips and aluminum clips for choice. These decking clips make a cleaner appearance without any visible screws or nails. So if you don’t want to see the screws that went into the installation, then use hidden fasteners. While hidden fastener systems might be a bit more expensive than those installed with face screws, the hidden fasteners themselves can bump up the price by 20-30 percent.
4. How wet will it get?
Composite decking might be the perfect solution for your swimming pool, but because composite decking materials are part-plastic, composite decks subject to frequent wetting can get slippery if they don’t have a texture, sanding or brushing surface.
If your deck is going to be near a pool, or if you live in a climate where ice is an issue, then it is definitely best to use a textured or grooved composite decking that increase friction for fewer chances of slips.
5. Is your deck used in the hot sun?
Dark, solid composites absorb more heat than lighter types. If you live in a warm climate, it is important to understand that dark and dense composite decking options will get extremely hot in the sun. If you’d like to use your deck barefoot all summer long, it ‘s probably best to choose light color deck.
Get composite samples in different colors and set them outside in the sun for a test run before you choose which one you want to go with. Find the most suitable composite decking for your regional climate.
6. Extras in your budget
Composite planks install using the same basic tools that a wood deck would. But the decking itself is only a portion of your overall budget. Each system requires either hidden fasteners or deck screws, and cover edge or skirt boards, some customers also need railings and posts etc which will increase the cost.
Make sure to consider all of the extras when planning your decking design. If you can research the installation requirements firstly, you can get a realistic number for how much money you’ll need to budget.
7. Build it, enjoy it
Extend your home into your yard with a large, spacious deck made of the best composite decking.
Have a meal with family, chat with each other, breath fresh air, enjoying your relaxing time.
Sundi Wood Plastic Composite
Zhongshan Sundi New Building Materials Co.,Ltd. is a professional manufacturer specializing in the R&D, production and sales of WPC (Wood Plastic Composite) materials, our products include: composite decking, co-extrusion decking(also called capped composite decking), WPC Pergola & Gazebo, WPC Railing & Fencing, WPC Wall Cladding, WPC Chairs & Bench, WPC Flower Planter Pots etc.