Compsite decking manufacturing

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Compsite decking manufacturing

Post  Admin on Sun May 20, 2012 9:46 pm

In the past ten years the composite deck material has managed to capture nearly 10 percent of the total decking market. Composite decking typically combines recycled materials such as plastics with wood. But recently the term 'composite' has included substrates such a vinyl and PVC and others. Regardless of what it is made of the term composite is meant to be an alternative to traditional wood decking. Compsite decking manufacturing

The primary attraction to these types of products is it's 'maintenance free' aspect. While no decking is truly 'maintenance free' there may be considerably less maintenance required for composite decking. Most manufacturers recommend periodic cleaning to insure the material retains it's true appearance. Horizontal surfaces collects pollutants easily. These pollutants include pollen, and dirt. Allowing these pollutants to collect on the decking surface promotes mildew and fungal growth. If surfaces are not kept clean these organisms can eventually impregnate the composite materials Once this happens the wood infused into the composite continues to act as a breeding ground and the organisms growth becomes very difficult to eradicate. Manufactures of composite decking more longer promote their products as maintenance free but rather 'virtually maintenance free.' This is an important distinction because the consumer that purchases these products in this pretense in going to surprised to find that their alternative decking is deteriorating.

Composite decking products are building materials manufactured using a mixture of plastic and wood fiber. Composite decking materials are very popular because they require less maintenance than wood and often use recycled materials. EverGrain composite decking uses a compression molding process that produces a beautiful wood grain texture in 9 natural colors. Evergrain composite decking is easy to install and is guaranteed with a 20 year warranty against rotting, splitting, splintering or termite damage. Composite decking installation

The following information will deal with the decking; or materials that make up the walking surface of the deck. There are currently three main types of manufactured decking available: 1) Composite (or Wood Plastic Composite, WPC); 2) PVC (Plastic) core with and without a PVC outer shell and; 3) Cap-stock or hybrid decking, which combines a composite (WPC) core with a protective outer shell (such as PVC, surylin, or similar coating, (think golf ball or an M&M). This type is also known as encapsulated decking.

Composite is the type of decking that has been around the longest and historically has been the least expensive product. There are many different manufacturers of these products, many of whom offer multiple grades or versions in their product line. The differences between the different versions are usually cosmetics and/or price point. Most of the major brands will perform somewhat the same over time as far as color loss, durability, and susceptibility to staining, scratching, etc. Composite decking is made usually of plastics and wood fibers mixed together. If you look closely at most composite decking, you can see the wood fibers in the surface of the board.

PVC and cap-stock (hybrid, encapsulated) decking will both perform quite the same and have a few advantages over most composite decking. PVC and cap-stock decking are very resistant to color loss (fading) and staining. In fact, most of these products can carry a stain and fade warranty. These types of decking are also far more resistant to scratching and marring. Up to late 2009, PVC decking was only available in plain, light colors and limited textures. However, it is now possible to get these ultra-low maintenance products in multi-chromatic colors that have true wood tones and deeper, richer palettes. We have also found these products to be very durable and stand up to cleaning and normal use better than composites. Many manufacturers have greatly reduced or eliminated their composite (WPC) product lines and are now focusing on the cap-stock/hybrid type of decking. This is why we feel the cap-stock type of board will be the wave of the future. composite deck and rail

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