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November 28, 2023

Synthetic Decking Materials – A Serious Alternative To Pressure Treated Wood

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Today’s homes use an abundance of man made materials such as windows, shingles, molding and especially lots of vinyl siding. One area of your home that needs serious consideration in the use of synthetic materials is backyard decking. Man made decking in the form of a composite substance or various plastics have become a good choice and a serious alternative to pressure treated wood. So which material is right for your house in terms of looks, cost and upkeep?

Synthetic decking material made up of plastic resin and wood fibers, called a composite substance is very popular. The appearance of this deck material vary, with some looking like realistic looking wood grain. While others look similar to particle board. This material is nearly maintenance free and holds its looks compared to solid wood. Composite decking is known for virtually crack free installation, is mildew resistant and accumulates very little dirt therefore it is easier to clean.

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Another type of synthetic deck material is made of plastic or virgin vinyl including PVC and polyethylene made from recycled plastic bottles. This type of synthetic deck material can have a smooth surface and look like cheap patio furniture. While others have a very nice looking wood grain texture. The planks are and almost maintenance free, light weight when compared to resin and wood fiber composite material and extremely slip resistant.

Synthetic decking manufacturers are quick to admit that their products are not perfect. But then neither is wood. Planks are made from a variety of trees. The cheapest and most common is pressure treated pine. You will pay more for cedar, redwood and other hardwoods. Wood decking material is prone to cracking and requires regular application of a good protective treatment to maintain its appearance.

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Source by Glyn Farber

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