It is no surprise that the home goods and remodelling markets have hugely benefited during the pandemic. There is an increase in demand for DIY home improvement products like decking material, interior paint colours, hardware, and more in the last two years. One of the main reasons for this spike is the outdoor restrictions that forced residents to improve the only place they spend the most time in, their homes.
Patios and decks solaced people craving sunlight and fresh air during the lockdown restrictions. Therefore, renovating an existing deck or building a new one became resident’s top priority in 2020 and 2021. The CEO of Trex (a leading manufacturer of timber-alternative decking products) said, ‘many people searched for sustainable and green products to carry out their DIY projects driving the sales for composite decking across North America and other countries.’
The recent growth in demand for composite decking is because of its excellent characteristics. Composite decking is a durable alternative to natural timber, and it is the perfect choice for people wanting to make green decisions. Available in grain pattern & colour that mimic natural wood, high-performance composite decking looks and feels very much like any natural hardwood.
Some more benefits of composite decking include superior durability, low maintenance, sustainability, and easy installation. Unlike timber hardwood, composite material is a recycled mixture of plastic, wood fibre, and reclaimed pine waste that does not appeal to termites. Therefore, to protect your deck against adversities like termite attacks, bushfires, storms, and rains, go for composite decking.
High-performance composite decking is safe against mould and mildew. Ultra-low in maintenance, composite decking is fade, stain, and scratch-resistant. While each plank of natural timber varies in length and size, composite decking planks are set equal in length. Ordering them in set sizes will save your time and effort, especially when considering DIY decking.
Many manufacturers claim that composite decking products are more stable and do not move as much as timber or wood decking. While this is true up to a certain extent, experts recommend leaving space for ventilation regardless.
Gone are those days when composite decking was not advisable in places such as chlorine or saltwater pools. Products like Modwood’s Extreme Guard is splinter-free and unaffected by both chlorine water and saltwater. Regular wood will weather, fade, crack, split or dry out over time, whereas composite deck won’t split, rot, warp or dry out for years.
If you’re after a deck that lasts long and functions seamlessly throughout years to come, then choosing composite decking is right for your patios and decks.