What is Composite Decking?
Composite decking boards combine two or more materials—typically wood fibers and one or more forms of plastic—to improve the appearance and durability of decks. Composite decking cuts and fastens like wood but performs better because it eliminates the imperfections of natural materials. As a result, composite decking lasts longer and reduces the need for maintenance, including power-washing, sanding, and staining.
What is Composite Decking Made of?
Composite decking boards are often made from recycled or reclaimed materials, mainly polyethylene (HDPE or LDPE) or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mixed with wood fiber, rice hulls or other fillers, as well as a blend of chemical additives. Some composite products contain no recycled materials, while others are made with as much as 95% recycled content. The difference in recycled content, however, is more of an environmental consideration than a performance concern since most manufacturers have perfected their processing techniques.