Composite decking made its premiere in the 1990s, and since then, it has improved in appearance and technology. More manufacturers are providing the product, so there is more to understand. If you consider composite decks in Ottawa, keep reading to understand it better.

Composite decking is made from a mixture of wood and plastic fibres, which are then formed into boards. The ratio of these materials can vary depending on the manufacturer, but they are typically around 60/40. This combination provides a durable product that is easy to care for and maintain. Here is what you need to know.

Types

Most composites are a combination of recycled plastics and reclaimed wood fibres. However, some contain no wood fibres at all.

Non-capped

This is a wood and plastic mixture that is formed into a plank. Because of the process, this will not look like natural wood at all. While they are less expensive than non-capped, they have a greater tendency to fade and stain.

Capped

Because of the issues in a non-capped version, manufacturers developed a capping process. This version is a composite core but with hard PVC on one to three sides. This helps prevent stains, fading and warping. There is also a version that is capped on all four sides.

PVC

There is also a type with no composites, just pure PVC. This provides a more realistic appearance of wood. It contains a 30-year guarantee against fade and stain and a lifetime warranty against defects, termites and rot. They are very lightweight and fire-resistant.

Shapes

Like wood, the composite material can be formed into different shapes.

Solid

This is a standard rectangle and is fastened with a screw at the top, like a wooden plank. It is heavier than most composites and is very rigid.

Slotted

This has a notch on either side so that it can be fastened together with hidden devices. It keeps the deck in position without holes. Just be sure the notch has been coated to prevent rot and insect infiltration.

Rigid

This is designed to make only one side of the board usable. The underside has cutouts to reduce weight, which also saves on cost.

Hollow

Plastic has caps on the ends. It is very lightweight and easy to work with but can be dented if not appropriately supported. 

Colour

Colour is a significant issue with purchasers since vinyl will not be painted or stained. Key points to consider are how it will be used and whether you want it to blend with the landscaping or the house’s colour (which may change with painting).

Construction

When deciding on a composite deck material for your Ottawa home, the actual work is best left to the professionals.  

Permits

You may or may not need a local license for the construction and approval from any homeowners association.

Joists

Framing using composites is different from a wooden deck. Joists are required at specific intervals for strength and safety.

Decks Ottawa offers all types of decks in Ottawa.

Composite decks are a popular choice for Ottawa homeowners for many reasons. They are durable, easy to maintain, and come in a variety of styles and colours. If all of this feels overwhelming, don’t worry. Working with a reputable contractor will mean the best composite deck available. And they will take care of the installation and construction so you can enjoy your new outdoor living space. If you’re thinking about adding a composite deck to your Ottawa home, contact Decks Ottawa. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on your project.