A deck is a wonderful addition to your home and ramps up your yard’s fun. It is an area to entertain, to relax and to enjoy the space you have created. Therefore, it is important to understand how to choose the right material before you start building.
Timber for decking comes in many different types and colors, and there is something to suit every budget. They add warmth to your outdoor living area and look fantastic.
- Pressure-treated wood, which is the most common and affordable decking choice. It is a great choice for bigger decks and smaller budgets. This is usually southern pine or fir which treated with chemical to withstand decay, fungi and termites. Pressure-treated wood is easy to work with, lightweight and versatile, making it also a good option for D.I.Y. installation. But pressure-treated wood requires yearly sanding, painting or oiling for lasting results.
- Weather-resistant lumber like redwood or cedar. Apart from a beautiful look and feel, these woods have better resistance to weather and will last many years with proper care. They cost more than pressure-treated lumber.
- Tropical hardwoods, like Ipe, Ironwood and Teak etc, are beautiful, durable and naturally rot-resistant. They can last 20-30 years with yearly sanding, oiling and regular sealing, but can be very expensive.
The life span of wood is limited when it is used in outdoor applications. Regardless of the type of lumber you choose, it will require a fair amount of maintenance. Both softwood and exotic wood will fade, warp, crack and create splinters over time. This will mean staining and sealing your deck regularly.
Wood Alternatives: Wood Plastic Composite Decking
If you want the look of wooden decking without the high level of maintenance requirement, composite decking is the right choice for you. Composite decking has become more and more popular because it does not need a lot of maintenance, and response to an increasing consumer desire for eco-friendly and sustainable decking materials.
Sundi Composite decking is an environmentally friendly alternative to timber, which is made with recycled wood flour and recycled plastic with special additives. Composite decking appears of natural look, but less timber problems. Sundi composite decking is durable and less likely to fade, warp, rot or splinter than timber decks, and is impervious to rot and insects. It’s also extremely low maintenance, no need for oiling and staining – simply wash it down with a composite deck cleaner.
The new technologies are making composites more attractive and sustainable, 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, grain patterns and collections to choose from that you are sure to be happy with your choice.
These materials will not rot or support mould and mildew. They are designed to be scratch and stain resistant and are very low maintenance. Plastic decks typically feature a non-slip coating that becomes less slippery when wet. This is ideal if you live in a moisture rich environment, and is lighter than wood or composite, making it easier to handle.
If you want a seriously low-maintenance deck, look to aluminum. Aluminum is virtually maintenance free, it will not rust or rot and is resistant to mold and mildew. The durable material doesn’t try to look anything like wood and can be interlocked to prevent rain from dripping through.
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.