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What is Capped Composite Decking?

Posted under Capped composite decking by admin on Monday 22 August 2016 at 3:55 pm

Capped composite decking is an eco-friendly and significant development in materials available for the construction of garden decking; it has very significant advantages over traditional wooden decking. Composite decking is formed from recycled wood and plastic polymers, and the capped variety has the additional benefit of a coating on the exterior which is bonded to the core and helps increase its durability and dramatically reduces the maintenance required.

Until the introduction of composite decking around forty years ago, traditional garden decking was fashioned in timber. That timber had to be preserved through the time-consuming and messy application of either paint or varnish. Paint primers and undercoats were required, adding to the amount of time and the financial cost needed to finish the timber decking.

Once varnished or painted, the timber decking needed to be regularly cleaned and worn areas re-primed, undercoated and painted, or varnished. Timber decking is vulnerable to damage through damp, from insect infestation, mould and fungal growths.

Capped composite decking is not only eco-friendly as it is composed of recycled materials, but it is also far more durable due to the material from which it is composed and the coating that caps it. As well as protecting the composite decking from the effects of weather and damp, the capping can also contain colour and ultra violet filtering agents that help prevent the colour from fading. Capped composite decking is not porous in the way that uncapped composite decking and timber decking are and it is therefore not as susceptible to damp and water damage. Another benefit is that capped composite decking is less vulnerable to scratching and staining and is strong enough to withstand the rigours of the weather.

Capped composite decking can be worked in exactly the same way that uncapped composite and timber decking can. No special tools are necessary, only those that would be used in constructing a traditional wooden deck.

The variety of finishes that capped composite decking is available in makes choosing a colour or finish to suit individual projects very easy. There is no need for varnishing or painting. The risks of splinters or other harmful elements from the decking are also reduced.

Maintaining capped composite decking is much easier than with uncapped or timber materials; the same attention to fallen leaves and other waste is necessary but this can be easily swept or garden vacuumed away. Capped decking can be very easily washed down to keep it clean and its non-porous nature means it will not be damaged in the process.

Capped composite decking is clearly the only choice for those who want a high-durability low-maintenance decking material that is available in a wide variety of colours and finishes and that can be worked as easily as traditional timber.