What is Laminate Decking?

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What Is Laminate Decking?

Like any major home investment, it’s important to consider an affordable yet smart option when looking for decking to help you enjoy every corner of your home.  Before doing so it is important to consider a few things:

  • Materials
  • Sustainability
  • Costs

Materials

We have more options than before when it comes to choosing what materials we would like for our decks. A traditional route would be wood, which can range from treated pine or redwood to treated cedar. More recently options such as aluminum or plastic have grown in the industry. An option that truly stands out is laminate or composite materials.

Laminate decking, otherwise known as composite decking, has become a favorite among many homeowners. Why go with laminate with all the solid options available? This cost-effective wood decking alternative resists the elements with a combination of wood and plastic. Laminate decking is a great wood alternative. Best part? Mostly made of recycled materials.

Sustainability

Most laminate decking consists of plastic materials such as polyethylene and/or polyvinyl chloride and wood particles. Poly- what?

This plastic can come from recycled products like milk jugs and soda bottles or virgin plastic.

The wood particles can come from sawdust, woodchips, wood fibers. When produced, the plastic and wood are blended and fused to form the structure of the deck board.

Both eco-friendly and natural-looking, this decking will not only look good but make you feel good for choosing sustainability.

Laminated decking has been the quickest growing decking material for residential use in the past dozen years because of its virtually waste-free, low carbon footprint. What does that mean for your pocketbook?

Costs

We typically expect a great product to come at a high price but laminate decking doesn’t follow these rules. Although initially, it may seem like a greater investment up front, the lower cost of the maintenance puts it ahead in the long run. How so?

Compared to traditional decking, consisting of mostly wood materials, the rate of wear and tear differs quite a bit.

Wood decking requires regular care, making it a high maintenance product. You need to keep up with sanding, staining, and resealing annually.

Another benefit that stands out from laminate decking is the stain resistance. It does not need to be painted or sealed. Unlike wood decking, the laminate materials are resistant to rot and splintering. Something of great value, especially considering external factors like humidity, cold weather, and even heat.

Modifications can be made according to your decking needs. For example, if you have pets you may be looking for options that allow you to minimize scratches. Adding on a scratch resistant deck can help you keep those worries at bay.

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We would be more than happy to help you with your home decking, helping you create an environment that will not only bring you comfort but enjoyment as well. Call us for a free estimate or check out our projects and see for yourself how we take pride and great interest in our work and in the families we service.

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