In the world of outdoor flooring, composite decking materials are becoming bigger and bigger. That’s why we all got to be very careful about falling in love with fashion advertised by sales people without the proper technical knowledge. How many times you’ve been told ZERO MAINTENANCE, EASY INSTALLATION, LASTS FOREVER! That’s absolutely wrong… or at least, these claims need further analysis.
WPC/BPC Composite – What does that really mean?
Standard WPC composite decking boards are made of recycled polymers such are PE or HDPE, which are no more and no less than recycled plastic bottles, bags etc. Though this represents a potentially effective green products, those polymers cannot be recycled infinitely! Therefore, any decking boards made out of those polymers are subject to bigger movements and torsions if compared to the not recycled PVC (which can be recycled, is more valuable and doesn’t move as much!).
This is what you need to know when contemplating buying a composite product, especially if you’re willing to install it… are you going to be dealing with a material which moves a lot? If so, it really should be left to a professional or you could be setting yourself up for a number of problems.
In the compound/mixture of the standard WPC decking boards there is even a percentage of natural product, the most common is SAWDUST! So again, you must be prepared for dimensional changes according to the percentage of sawdust inside… this again it’s not a that bad thing if you know it before you get it installed (to do it the right way).
What does it happen when you build your deck with a standard wpc composite decking? Look below:
What you just seen can happen sooner or later, according to the quality of decking boards you purchase.
Composite Decking: Solid or Hollow?
A myth to be addressed: solid = better, hollow = worse !
This ONLY depends by the quality of the material the boards are made of. In a standard WPC, in fact, a solid board it’s preferable because these kind of composite deckings have a soft structure, and in this case a hollow board could be more fragile if the material is the same. But there a back side to take in consideration, the more mass you have, the more the board will move! It would be much better opting for an innovative material made of PVC… in this case is much better a PVC hollow board than a PE or HDPE solid one! Because it has a stronger, more resistant structure!
Duro Composite, the new generation of decking composites!
This new generation of decking composites has been designed specifically to address the limits linked to WPC/BPC composites. Developed by the Italian team at iDecking Revolution, this innovative new decking board offers an outstanding alternative to the major problems associated with traditional composites.
Its name is DUROExcellence, the new material made of RICE HUSK (skin of the rice grain) and PVC (not recycled). Yes, you got it right… RICE HUSK, a by product that would be otherwise burnt and create CO2 is given a much more noble second life into decking boards with incredible structural performances. It has to be compared to a noble wood other than common composites. Rice grows into water, and the skin of the rice protects the grain till the moment it’s ready to blossom! NATURAL HYDRO REPELLENCY, in fact it is the only micro surface to absorb.
The perfect alternative to sawdust!
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