Composite Decking Sunshine Coast
Composite decking is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional timber decking with its incredible natural look, low maintenance and durability.
At Stilus Design and Construction we specialise in low maintenance composite decking on the Sunshine Coast and have over 8 years experience researching different products.
We have helped many of our Sunshine Coast clients make the right choice for their new deck and aim to do the same for you.
What is composite timber decking?
Composite Decking is an alternative to traditional timber decking. The word composite suggests something that is made up of more than one thing. Therefore, when it comes to composite decking, it refers to a material made up of multiple products like fiber, plastics and binding agents. Most composite decking is made of waste wood and recycled plastics, making them an environmentally friendly and sustainable decking solution.
Composite decking is is an increasingly popular product that is being used in residential, commercial and industrial applications.
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Why composite (low maintenance) decking?
If you are building a new deck or replacing an existing deck then you need to consider the advantages of composite decking.
One of the biggest benefits of composite decking materials is that they are extremely low maintenance. There is no need to stain, sand or paint composite decking boards – they are a finished product that can be used straight after the installation has been completed. It requires very little time and money to keep them looking sharp. In most cases, simply wash over with warm soapy water and rinse with a residential pressure cleaner one a year. Less time maintaining leaves more time for enjoying your deck.
Composite decking is considered more hard-wearing in comparison to other traditional decking products. It is much more stain, scratch and mould resistant than timber. Often it can be installed much closer to natural ground level than natural timber due to its resistance to warping and moisture ingress.
Secret Fixing Systems
Most composite decking brands have secret fixing systems, which is generally a clip and screw system which is fastened into a groove along the length of the board. This allows for fasteners to be hidden and removes unsightly top fixings. Secrete clip systems also eliminate the chance of unsightly popped nails or stripped screw heads.
There is a vast array of brands on the market, most of which have a different aesthetic appeal to them. From high gloss finishes to matt tones, there are wide boards and there are narrow boards. Colours range from pale whites and greys through to deep browns and even blacks. We have a large selection of samples in our warehouse, available to show clients and help them to make the right selection for their project.
Types of composite decking we offer on the Sunshine Coast
There are several types of low maintenance decking boards available on the market which all vary between brands and manufactures.
Composite Decking or WPC
The most common decking board is Composite Decking or WPC (wood plastic composite).This is usually a blend of wood, plastic and binding agents.
Capped Composite Decking
The second type of decking board is Capped Composite Decking. It has a blended core and a protective capping layer to increase the strength and visual appearance.
This type of low maintenance decking is available and made completely from plastic or PVC products.
Similar to WPC, this type of decking is a blend of bamboo and binding agents used to create bamboo decking.
Size of composite timber decking?
The sizes of composite decking range between manufactures, however the most common sizes are between 90mm wide and 180mm wide. The thickness of the deck boards varies depending on the material compound and the strength required for adequate performance. The colours and finishes of composite decking also vary between manufactures and brands. Many of them take on a signature feel for the range that they offer.
Price of composite (maintenance free) decking?
Composite decking price ranges from $9 l/m to $130 l/m. Cheap composite decking generally has a lower warranty and is often imported from China. The best composite decking brands offer a huge 25 year warranty and have a superior finish to them. We supply and install superior composite decking brands on the Sunshine Coast which are manufactured in countries like the USA and Britain.
DO NOT COMPARE THE SHELF PRICE OF COMPOSITE DECKING TO THE SHELF PRICE OF TIMBER.
The price you are interested in is the finished product, job done, roll the deck chairs out, not the price of the product. You need to consider that installation of composite decking is often half that of natural timber. On top of that, once composite decking has been laid there is no need to apply any further coats of decking oil, it’s ready to use. When these costs are compared against laying natural timber decking, the overall price becomes very competitive. The advantage to composite decking is that you walk away with a 10-25 year product warranty whereas with natural timber you will have ongoing maintenance.
Brands of the best composite timber decking?
There are many brands and styles of composite decking available on the market today. It is important to understand that each brand is different and that their installation can differ greatly. Our range of low maintenance decking board brands are below:
Outdoor composite decking vs wood?
With so many brands and styles of outdoor composite decking available in the market and on the Sunshine Coast, it is important to know how they differ from timber.
Reading the individual manufactures guide will often give you the best knowledge about the materials used to produce the decking.
In most cases the main difference between composite decking vs wood are:
- Lower Maintenance Costs and Time
- Quicker to build
- Improved fixing techniques
Building Decks With Composite Decking
As a building company who specialises in outdoor construction we can supply and install composite decking for you. We also offer a consultation service if you wish to buy composite decking and DIY the installation. DIY composite decking installation is not recommended as products are usually only warrantied if installed by a licenced professional.
Building Decks With Composite Decking
As a building company who specialise in outdoor construction (particularly decks Sunshine Coast) we can supply and install composite decking for you. We also offer a consultation service if you wish to buy composite decking and DIY the installation. DIY composite decking installation is not recommended as generally products are only warrantied if installed by a licence professional.
Our Composite Decking Building Services - Sunshine Coast
We offer all our clients a free onsite consultation to discuss their decking needs. We offer our expert advice to ensure that your decision produces the best outcome for your new or restored deck. We carry a large range of samples to see, feel and touch so that you can be confident that you have made the right choice. Give your Sunshine Coast Deck Builder Stilus Design and Construction a call today on 040 011 933.