6 Common Composite Decking Problems

6 Common Composite Decking Problems

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Composite decking is all the rage.  We love the idea of maintenance free and don’t mind paying extra for that convenience.  Composite has been around for years and in that time, plenty of advancements have been made to improve the brand and products.  However, like any material, there are still a few problems that you may run into.  If you are considering installing composite decking, here are some common problems to watch out for:

1.HOT SURFACE

Many homeowners complain about the heat factor of composite decking.  Unlike wood, composite can be very hot to the touch.  We love barefoot summers and having to wear shoes on the deck presents an inconvenience.  Make sure to ask the composite representative about board temperature in extreme sun  and heat settings.

 

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2. PEELING/FADING

Another problem that people face is that composite decks sometimes fades and peels over time.  While it doesn’t splinter like natural wood, it still wears like wood from sun exposure.

 

3. EASILY SCUFFED & SCRATCHED

Composite is susceptible to scratching and scuffing.  From moving furniture to metal garden tools, be mindful of how quickly the boards become scuffed.  Also, these decks tend to crack or split along the edges.  Unlike wood, there is no way to sand and restain to cover scratches.

 

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4. STAINING

For people who have kids or pets at home, composite decks have always been a pain in the neck. It is because such decks are prone to stains, be it food particles, red wine, grease etc. Some stains seep into the composite permanently and remain an eyesore on your expensive deck.

 

5. MOISTURE

Composite decking is known to have quick drying qualities.  However, moisture might get trapped under the decking and prevent the joists from drying out thoroughly.  Moisture is the #1 enemy for all decking material because it breeds weakness and mold.

 

6. MOLD

Mold, mildew and algae can grow on composite decking. To avoid this possibility, homeowners use special cleaning chemicals. But on the flip side it is these chemicals that leave the deck more porous, eventually making it more susceptible to mold growth.  Here are some tips for preventing mold.

 

FEW MORE CONCERNS THAT MAY AFFECT YOU

One of the major concerns with composite decks is the expensive initial cost. High-end decking comes with a high-end price tag.

Additionally, the boards used for composite decking imitate wood, but usually, a closer look or touch, very easily, reveals that it is just a poor imitation and not actually wood.

Elements like dust, rain, wind, and sunlight cause wear and tear.  You need to choose composite decking that has a proven adherence to environmental sustainability (at least more than other decks).

Get more information and pricing estimates to consider Composite vs Wood Decking.