It is always an honor to be asked to speak within a forum about the topics we love so much here at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. On September 12th, I was fortunate enough to be featured in a live podcast with Jon & Dave of Pro Construction Guide sponsored through the Home Depot.
This podcast is a radio show you can listen to from your computer, phone, tablet, or other device any time you want. You won’t want to miss what thousands of pros across America have already discovered; the Pro Construction Guide podcast brings the magazines and newsletters to life. Listen to the podcast for valuable insights from interviews of construction, remodeling, and maintenance pros. Hosts John and Dave bring decades of experience from the jobsite as they entertain while they educate.
In this episode, I discuss why homeowner’s love composite decks and how easy they are to build. Since 1990, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has been building low maintenance synthetic decks, such as composite in and around the Dayton and Cincinnati area. During this time composites, and the nature of the material, have significantly reduced call backs and warranty claims.
Some of the many benefits of choosing synthetic decking include the lower maintenance aspect over that of traditional wood, it lasts longer, resists staining and scratching, and many come with anti-fade warranties depending on the specific brand. This means your synthetic deck will likely look as good 20 years from now as it does the day it was installed with minimal maintenance.
The first low-maintenance board to come out was called “composite” because it contains a combination of synthetic resin combined with wood fibers. As you can imagine, there are many different ways composites can be made. When it first came on the market 20 or so years ago, it had some problems with mold but those problems are long in the past. Today’s companies have identified the right mix of materials to create a great decking board and many come with a 20 -30 year warranty. These warranties may differ slightly from one manufacturer to the next but the protections afforded by the warranties protect against material defects and the aging woes of wood including checking, splitting, splintering, rotting or fungal decay. There is one protection that the high end, all-synthetic boards share which is warranted stain and fade protection. Keep in mind, low maintenance doesn’t mean NO maintenance and if you clean up and wipe away spills and messes, you should not need to worry but for warranted stain and fade protection. Here’s a rundown of the different types of synthetic decking currently available:
Traditional Composite Decking
Composite decking material requires a lot less maintenance than its solid wood counterparts – even those treated with preservatives. Composites can be made to emulate the look of real wood, with wood graining that in a quality composite can rival the real thing. A high quality composite can also inhibit the growth of mold and mildew by the addition of mold inhibitors present in the makeup of the composite.
Composites can be cleaned by simple soap and water cleanup. If stains sit for a period of time, they may take a little more effort to clean. There are many good composite cleaners on the market. As with any deck that contains natural derivatives you will still have to contend with fading, scratching and dirt. Composites, even though they do require maintaining, do no compare with the chore of staining and painting on an annual basis that is necessary with a pressure treated or other entirely wooden deck.
Solid PVC Decking
If composite is a great option, PVC is the big daddy. As mentioned above, their warranties often includes protection against material checking, splitting, splintering, rotting, termite attacks, fungal decay and even warranted protection against fading and staining. What’s the drawback? You guessed it – price. Because there are no natural fibers, all of these protections can be afforded and warranted. But the synthetic resin is a good bit more expensive than wood fibers. So, the top of the line product does have pricing at the top end of the synthetic decking price spectrum. It is always important to remember that over time, a PVC deck, like many other synthetics can pay for itself over time in what you would save from wooden deck upkeep, repair or even replacement.
As mentioned during the podcast, capstock decking is the newest of all the synthetics and also a great choice for homeowner’s stuck between traditional composites and solid PVC. Capstock is a composite board capped with PVC so you get the best of both worlds. Capstock is made up of a proprietary PVC polymer shell and contains a composite wood and recycled plastic core. It is considered a composite decking material but boasts a durable PVC shell. It is also known as a composite hybrid, as well as being referred to as capstock decking. These products are being backed by some of the best warranties in the business, therefore we expect good things from Capstock products.The price? As you expected, the price is in the middle but not that much higher than composite.
Please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pro-construction-guide-podcast/id1028908337?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 to listen to the podcast in its entirety.
Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio
If you are considering a deck of composite, PVC or capstock, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio to help you decide which material is the best for you and your family. Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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