Docks, decks and similar structures need to withstand the weather conditions, but also to match well the exterior and the existing constructions. Traditionally, constructors use wood, but with time it cracks, chips and modifies its shape. It is also expensive, therefore many people abort their decking projects, unaware of the alternatives. Wood isn’t the only material suitable here. As the newer materials present different features when compared to wood, understanding these may not be so simple, though. See the most popular options explained below and make an informed pick without much trouble:
Don’t conjure up images of cheap-looking surfaces. Plastic looks way different in this situation. The type of plastic used for decks and docks has a high density, which makes it durable and also very pleasant to the eye and to the touch. It can have a grainy or a wood-like texture and come in a variety of colors to choose from. The strength of such plastic boards is remarkable. Choose this material for heavy-duty decking and for situations when you can’t afford to spend much. Ask your lumber company of choice about this alternative and try to get the variety that features a fiberglass band for extra durability.
Composite and capped composite
Composite plank decking has been around since the ’80s and has constantly improved. It is made of a combination of plastic and wood, using recycled items and will last for decades, needing almost no maintenance. Whether it’s capped or not, the interior remains the same and does not warp with time. With capped composite you get a different outer layer. This is a sturdy shell that can have any color and protect the inner materials from degradation. It doesn’t fade nor stain. Overall, capped composite seems the best choice if you are in need of a durable finish.
In many ways similar to capped composite, this kind of PVC resembles wood in a delightful way. It s frequently used around pools. You can actually select capped PVC that matches your favorite wood type – it tends to have the same name as the wood it mimics. If you are concerned with the maintenance, then have no worries: it comes easily and you’re only supposed to use mild cleaners. Just like capped composite, this will last for at least 20 years.
As for the costs, plastic planks represent the cheapest option you have here. This is followed by the simple composite (without the extra layer) and capped composite.