Decking – Plastic-Wood Composites

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Advantages:

  • Virtually indestructible,
  • Blend 30 to 50 percent recycled plastic with wood fibers for skid resistance and stainability.
  • Low-maintenance, and resists rot, insects and UV rays.
  • Splinter-free and easy to work with.
  • Deck screws sink in and disappear.

Disadvantages:

  • Some composite lumber has a plastic appearance, and
  • some colors fade over time.
  • During construction, sawdust and shavings must be collected in a drop cloth because they aren’t biodegradable.
  • Not all composite lumber can span traditional 16- or 24-in. joist spacing; narrower joist layout may be needed, boosting cost.
  • Some building codes don’t allow composite lumber; check with your building department before ordering.

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