composite decking

February 14, 2014

Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks

Whether you live in a northern state where snow and ice are common occurrences, or farther down south where even the hint of wintery mix sends folks in a bread-and-milk-buying frenzy, knowing how to properly remove snow and ice from a PVC or composite deck is important.

The best option for removing snow and ice on composite decking is a calcium chloride-based “ice melt” or rock salt. Look for the phrases “safe for concrete”, “safe for flagstone” and “will not kill grass.” If you have children or pets that frequent your deck in the winter, look for a product that is safe for them as well.Things to avoid:

  • Ice melt with a colorant added: while convenient to see how much and where you’ve spread, the dyes can stain decking
  • Sand: while it offers traction on slippery surfaces, this can grind into the decking and damage its surface
  • Metal shovels and sharp-edge tools: these can damage even the most resilient decking

Soon after your snow and ice melts, and that danger of slipping and falling is over, take a broom and sweep up any extra granular pieces. This will help avoid spreading it to places you wouldn’t want, such as tracking it into the house.

Build up of salt and calcium chloride from snow and ice removal is easily removed with enough water and perhaps a light scrub. When the weather gets warmer, use a garden hose or sprinkler and rinse off your deck. If you using a pressure washer, be sure to use at low pressures under 1,500 psi and at safe distances (12″ above deck or more) to avoid damaging your deck.

Following these tips will help keep you safe, and your deck looking good, to enjoy it another season!

Wilson Edie (2009 December 12) Snow and Ice Removal on Composite Decks Retrieved on January 24, 2014 from Fiberon.com

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January 6, 2014

PVC Decks – The Beauty of Wood Without All the Fuss

Choosing a deck material can be a difficult and confusing process. With so many options like wood, composites, PVC and more, it means there are many factors that weigh in the decision. Traditional wood decks are beautiful when maintained and are the most common when you think of decks. However, the PVC decking market has made great strides over the last few years to give you the same look of even the most exotic hardwoods without all of the cost and maintenance. In fact, a traditional wood deck can cost up to $3,000 every 5 years in maintenance costs alone like sanding, staining, power washing, and replacing warped or damaged boards. With PVC decking, you don’t have all of those maintenance costs. All you have to do is hose it off and you are ready to go.

To create the perfect outdoor living space PVC decking from Fiberon is as smooth as interior hardwoods (and no splinters) and extends your home’s living space. Great for enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, relaxing with a good book, or celebrating life’s special moments in a beautiful and personal space that keeps its good looks. With its patent pending Lumenite technology that helps protect your deck and make it easy to clean, PVC decking is a great solution to your decking needs.

Outdoor Flooring from Fiberon also resists stains and fading and is backed by a limited lifetime performance warranty and 25-year stain and fade warranty. It is a lighter product compared to wood and can be easily installed without the need to pre-drill holes. PVC decking has the added benefit of hidden fasteners so you have a beautiful deck without all the screws showing. It comes with a Class A flame spread rating that meets requirements for fire prone areas. PVC decking products give you the look of exotic hardwood without all of the upkeep. These decks are perfect for anyone looking for the ideal combination of beauty, durability and low maintenance.

With its patent pending Lumenite technology that helps protect your deck and make it easy to clean, PVC decks are a great solution to your decking needs. Let us help you design the outdoor living space of your dreams with a beautiful natural looking deck without all the fuss. Outdoor Flooring from Fiberon is durable, beautiful and is redefining decking as we know it.

Cummins Jennifer (2013 February 15) PVC – The Beauty Of Wood Without All The Fuss. Retrieved on December 21, 2013 From fiberondecking.com

September 23, 2013

Pro and Cons of Deck Building Materials

If you are in search of some deck building materials for your decking, here is some important information for you. Basically, there are three main types of deck building materials. Just like any other construction products, each of these decking materials has their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the popular decking materials and their list of pros and cons.

Pressure Treated Wood

These are specially treated wood that can be used for decking purposes. Generally, pressure treated wood is the most popular and affordable type of outdoor deck material available in the market. Most outdoor deck contractors prefer these materials. However, if the wood has not been completely dried, it may crack easily.

Natural Wood

Of course, it is the most traditional type of material used for decking. Unlike pressure treated wood, this variety of deck materials are sustainable and durable. However, consumers will have to pay approximately two to three times more the price of pressure treated wood. Still, this is the next affordable option after pressure treated wood according to many Philadelphia deck builders.

Wood Plastic Composite Materials

This is the best and most exquisite variety of decking materials available. These artificially treated wood plastic composite materials are highly durable as they contain plastic. This makes them more resistant and durable. Composite materials are resistant against moisture and insects. The major disadvantage of this decking material is their cost. In addition, these materials don’t seem natural when touched. In fact, many consumers don’t like the unnatural feel of these decking materials.

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