Here are a couple things you need to know if you're thinking about building a composite deck in Salt Lake City

There are hundreds, if not thousands types of real wood in the world, but just a few of them are desirable for outdoor building projects. Two of the most common are douglas fir and redwood, but you’ll occasionally see more exotic woods like ipe or mahogany. When it comes to synthetic wood, a favorite with customers who don’t enjoy deck maintenance, there are three options: wood plastic composite, capped composite, and solid PVC.

Wood plastic composite boards are the closest kin to the first synthetic products made in the industry. The components are a mix of wood fiber, dust, and pulp that are combined with new or recycled heated plastic resins to create a product that has some of the best features of both. They do not corrode and are highly resistant to rot and decay. Because they contain natural materials, they can absorb limited amounts of water which can make them vulnerable to mildew. Their strength is greater than natural wood products and Salt Lake City porches and decks made from wood plastic composite require little routine maintenance.

If you take wood plastic composite decking and wrap it in a thin layer of PVC veneer, you have capped composite decking. This protective jacket improves the natural look of the decking and increases its resistance to fading, scratches, and stains. Decks, porches, and other outdoor structures made with capped composite don’t require painting or staining. Capped composites like TimberTech’s Earthwood Evolutions Tropical cost a little more than the wood plastic composite lines, but they have a longer lifespan.

The top of the line product in synthetic wood is solid PVC. It offers the best performance of the three options in terms of stain and fade performance. It is impervious to moisture and insects and has the highest standard of durability and natural looks. Take a look AZEK XLM as a good example of solid PVC. With synthetic decking materials, cleaning PVC is a snap.

There are several great brands of synthetic decking. In addition to TimberTech and AZEK, Trex has a fabulous line of synthetic decking boards.

We invite you to call for a free design consultation about any Salt Lake City porches, gazebos, pergolas or any other outdoor living project you are considering, 801.683.2355

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