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The 7 Main Considerations of Purchasing WPC Decking

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The 7 Main Considerations of Purchasing WPC Decking

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     When purchasing WPC composite decking, customer should consider not only the price of the product itself and quality issues,but some other aspects that you may not know, Here are the 7 important aspects for you to consider:

The market situation of WPC composite decking
Point1: Buying according to your budget
Point2: Considering the weather when you buying
Point3: Considering Whether to Need The Add-ons
Point4: Considering the Application Environment
Point5: It’s better to use hidden fasteners
Point6: Make sure if the materials you considering meet your local building codes?
Point7: Point7: The extra budget should be considered

     The Market Situation of WPC Composite Decking
     As wood-plastic composite material is continue to improve, the quality and variety of the products on market are improved a lot.Ten years ago, there were only 10 choices, and now there are more than 100 different composite decking products available including cellular HDPE,PVC,PP,PS products etc.. In this article, we will focus on HDPE and PVC materials to help you buying with the thoughtful consideration. Cause the biggest frustration you'll encounter is choosing among all the styles, colors and brands.

     Point1: Buying According to Your Budget
     Every customer will set a certain budget when buying the decking, but the price of WPC decking is consist of many factors,like brand, technology, material, management of the company etc.. So to choose a proper decking is not simple judged by lowest price or highest quality.

     Most brands of the basic composites are similar and will perform just fine. The differences come down to variations in design, colors, materials, installation systems and texture. If your budget is limited, you can choose some simple basic items, you'll find a variety of low maintenance, lower-cost products that meet your needs.

     The regular length of composite decking usually comes in 2.2m, 3m, 3.6m, and the width comes in 100-150mm. Planning your deck design around these measurements can save your money and cut waste.

     Point2:  Considering the Weather When You Buying


     As we know, anything in the extreme cold weather will be easy to crack, and in the hot Summer will be very hot to frying eggs, so whether is a other aspect to consider.

     Composite decking can be used in the environment temperature between -50℃ to 45℃. In the hot summer, consider a light color decking won’t be so hot as the dark-colored decking. The dark, solid composite decking absorbs more heat than lighter types.

     Point3: Considering Whether to Need The Add-ons
     Higher-end composite products have a fine wood grain and feel. Some of the priciest brands have subtle shadings and individual “grain” variations so that no one board is an exact replica of another. Some manufacturers buff each board at the factory to remove any “plastic” sheen. High-end composites also have a wider range of colors and matching add-ons such as railings, balusters, posts, post caps, skirts and decorative trim etc.. These add-ons make your whole deck project look more beautiful, so they will be triple the cost of the decking boards.

     Point4: Considering the Application Environment

     Smooth or no grain composite decking will be slippery when it get wet or in the ice and frozen climate. So when purchasing the decking, it’s necessary to choose a type that suit the application environment. If your deck is going to be used near a pool, or if you live in a climate where ice is an issue and the deck is going to be used as a main entry to the house, search for a style with a pronounced texture.

     Point5: It’s better to use hidden fasteners


     If the exposed fastener bothers you, choose a system that works with hidden fasteners. For example, tongue-and-groove systems eliminate gaps and allow you to hide the screws and drive fewer of them. Clip systems work with grooved decking that's lightweight and has a thinner profile than face-screw styles. However, these systems can have open ends that collect leaves and dirt if you don't install end caps or a special trim piece or use an installation design that covers them.

     Point6: Make sure if the materials you considering meet your local building codes?
Some countries and regions will have their local building codes, call your local building officials to make sure the material you're considering is approved in your city. Some composite systems have limitations on the materials for use as stairs or require specific framing in certain applications.

     Point7: The extra budget should be considered
You should not only consider the budget of decking, but also of the decking accessories, may be also the budget for installer etc.. For the installation tools, it’s not require the specialized tool, as the composite decking also use the same basic tools as any wood planks.

     And also note that Each system of WPC composites have different fastening and installation requirements. You should follow the manufactorer’s installation instructions, otherwise, the warranty will be void.