Drawbacks of using Composite Decking’s
Composite decking is now widely used as an important building element. Although the majority of decks are still built of pressure-treated redwood, pine, cedar or mahogany, the use of composite woods has increased as outdoor decks and living areas have become popular home features. But keeping in mind, it is not just one-time investment; poorly maintained decks can cause problems.
Therefore, some of the common disadvantages of composite decking are as follows:
- The initial funding can be a bit expensive.
- Algae Growth
When the composite decking boards are frequently in contact with rain and sunshine, the fiber contents of the composite deck becomes high and will tend to grow algae and fungi on the gaps and bases of the deck. While natural eco wood has stronger resistance to fungi decay.
- Rip Out Easily
Substandard composite decks have too many plastic fillings in their composite, therefore it can cause the decking board to split and rip out easily due to changes in temperature.
- Injurious to Children Health
If you drop a small roll of tobacco on a composite deck, it will broil the plastic and cause the formation of fumes that are poisonous and hazardous to health. Hence, families with children have to be careful when living with it.
- Due to the heat resistance quality, heat inserted inside composite decking will cause the decking to be super-hot in the summer or high-temperature period.
- You need to be more careful when handling it because it’s more susceptible to damage before it’s installed.
To avoid these problems, look after your composite decks by choosing the right cleaner that can reach deep into the deck and clean it, as well as the surface. Moreover, pressure washing is generally not suggested for composite decking.