Benefits of Composite Decking
If you’re considering exterior renovations on your Calgary home, any stroll through a residential neighbourhood will give you endless ideas on how you can make a tired old deck look modern and refreshed. Besides the obvious layout and style choices, one of the biggest factors in choosing new decking is the material used to build it. Traditionally, wood was the go-to choice for decks, thanks to its comfort, grain appearance, stainability, and relative resilience to temperature extremes, but that is no longer the case. Recently, composite decking has exploded in popularity, and for good reason.
Composite decks are made out of combinations of wood fibers, polyethylene, PVC, or other materials, depending on the brand and type. The exact specifications will vary, but overall, composite is widely known for its excellent traction, durability in extreme weather, lack of moisture absorption, and smooth appearance and texture. Gone are the days of wood splinters, rotted joints, warped boards and insect damage – composite decking can combat all of those easily, without any additional products needed.
Another benefit of composite decks? You don’t need to paint or stain them, as they come in a wide variety of colours, hues, and styles that you can simply choose upon purchase. Not only does this save time and money on the painting itself, but it means there will be no additional water damage down the road, like on traditional paint jobs when it begins to flake. The boards are easy to install and a breeze to clean, too, and on many brands you can get an additional layer on the top surface – called “capped composite decking” – that protects even further against staining, fading, and scratching. Full resin composites, with no wood fibres at all, can be up to 35% lighter than wood versions, and they are recyclable as well.
That’s a lot of reasons to love the thought of a composite deck to call your very own! As pros who have been around for a while, we’ve helped build a lot of them, so you might be wondering: what does Maritime West recommend?
The brand we know and trust for deck projects in Calgary is Trex, by a wide margin. Long-lasting, high quality, and simply beautiful to behold, the decks built with Trex products consistently deliver the best results through the city’s weather swings. They are among the first innovators of the industry, and still stand above many others who have followed in their footsteps. They cover everything, too – from frames and railings to the deck surface, and even lighting to spruce up a shadowy yard.
Their decks are maintenance-free, barefoot-friendly, and ready to host the best summer barbecue as soon as they are installed. But knowing that life happens from time to time, they also offer warranties for many different situations – because when a product is as good as a Trex deck, the company stands behind it to ensure the best possible experience.
With spring around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take a good look at your deck and decide if this is the year to swap out those old, peeling deck planks. And with Maritime West Construction and Trex on your side, you can rest assured that the new ones will support you for many years to come!
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