Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Decking

Why does Holmes Custom Renovations not install wood decking?
At Holmes Custom Renovations, we focus on high-quality, low-maintenance decking solutions. We have chosen not to install wood decking due to its lower weather resistance, higher maintenance needs, cost-effectiveness issues, lack of robust warranties, and overall longevity concerns. We may use wood for structural components, as they are less exposed.

What is composite decking?
Composite decking is a durable, low-maintenance decking material made from wood fibers and plastics. It’s designed to look like natural wood but requires less upkeep and lasts longer.

Why choose composite decking over traditional wood?
Composite decking offers advantages over traditional wood, including higher durability, resistance to rot and decay, minimal maintenance, and a longer lifespan.

Is composite decking eco-friendly?
Yes, most composite decking is eco-friendly, often made from recycled materials. This reduces waste and the need for new timber, making it a more sustainable option.

How long does composite decking last?
Composite decking can last anywhere from 25 to 30 years or more, depending on the quality of the materials and installation, as well as the level of maintenance.

Does composite decking require maintenance?
While composite decking requires significantly less maintenance than wood decking, it does benefit from occasional cleaning to maintain its appearance and longevity.

Can composite decking fade over time?
Some fading might occur with composite decking, especially in the first few months after installation. This is known as “weathering” and is typical for composite materials.

Is composite decking slippery when wet?
Most high-quality composite decking materials are designed with a slip-resistant surface. However, like most surfaces, wet surfaces can be slippery, so please be cautious.

Can you paint or stain composite decking?
Generally, painting or staining is not required or recommended for composite decking. The material is designed to maintain its color without additional finishes.

How does composite decking respond to temperature changes?
Composite decking can expand and contract in response to temperature changes. Proper installation accounts for this natural movement.

What is the cost comparison between composite and wood decking?
Initially, composite decking can be more expensive than wood, but considering its minimal maintenance requirements and longer lifespan, it can be a more cost-effective option in the long run.

Are there different styles and colors available in composite decking?
Yes, composite decking comes in various styles, colors, and finishes, allowing homeowners to choose options that best fit their aesthetic preferences and home design.

Can composite decking be recycled?
Many composite decking materials are recyclable at the end of their lifecycle, although this depends on the specific product and recycling facilities available.

What are mineral-based (like Deckorators) deck boards, and how do they compare to composite decking?
Mineral-based deck boards, such as those offered by Deckorators, are a unique alternative to traditional composite decking. They are made from a blend of minerals and plastic, which offers several benefits:

    Enhanced Durability: Mineral-based boards are known for their strength and resistance to weather, insects, and decay damage.

    Lightweight: These boards are lighter than traditional composite, making them easier to handle and install.

    Temperature Stability: They tend to be more stable in varying temperatures, with less expansion and contraction than wood and standard composite materials.

    Aesthetic Appeal: Mineral-based boards offer a distinct, often more natural look than traditional composites.

    Eco-Friendly: Some mineral-based options are more environmentally friendly, utilizing recycled materials and sustainable practices.

While mineral-based decking shares many of the low-maintenance and durability qualities of traditional composite decking, it stands out due to its unique composition and performance characteristics.