Composite Lumber

Plank for plank, composite beats out natural wood in all but two manners: the initial cost of the material is higher, and it has a plastic appearance. On the other hand, it comes in a variety of shades and finishes, and it is built to last more than decades of harsh conditions without sealing or staining. Composite lumber is frequently used for decks, primarily because it is more durable and requires less maintenance than one made of true wood. The combination of wood fibers and plastic makes a plank that is stronger and denser than wood. Composite lumber is also resistant to rotting, warping and wood-destroying pests.

This picture is a top notch shot of composite decking; there is a wood grain stamped to the planks, which adds slip resistance. The components of composite timber are wood fiber and plastic, with a bonding agent or glue.

Paradise Restored Exterior & Landscaping Design

Here’s a visual comparison. The ceiling of this roof deck is true wood, along with the deck below is composite. The composite deck is made of wood fibers but lacks the character of true wood.

Paradise Restored Exterior & Landscaping Design

When big spans of deck are covered with colorful rugs and appealing outdoor furniture, one doesn’t observe the artificiality of the deck material as much.

New England Traditions

Some composite decking has a wood grain brushed onto the surface to give it more of a natural wood appearance.

Composite decking cuts just like lumber but does not have to be sanded, stained or handled. An inlay was added to this deck with two colors of timber.

Hammer Design Build Remodel

Composite works nicely in high-income areas and continues longer than wood since it is moisture resistant. Moisture makes wood divide and rot, making the wood more vulnerable to mold and insect damage.

American Deck and Deck

Composite timber may also be utilized for railings and other garden structures that are normally made from wood.

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