5 Reasons Composite Decking is More Cost Effective Than Wood
When it comes to home building or even home renovation, adding a deck is one of the last projects logistically, which means it comes up just as your budget is running out. So the big question is - “Can I afford composite decking?”
The answer is, yes!
Composite decking lasts longer and performs better without the maintenance products and time needed for wood upkeep. Installation is easier, quicker and uses less substructure than many types of timber. Although low grade pine decking can be purchased at a lower initial cost, composite decking is the better long-term investment for a number of reasons.
1. Longevity, Composite Decking Lasts Longer
Today’s composite decking now lasts longer with greater structural integrity than its predecessors.
For some, composite decking has a shaky reputation thanks to poorer performing older or “first generation” composite products that were plagued with issues like substantial fading and cracking. Fortunately, the basic allure of composite decking attracted enough attention to invest significant engineering into the material. Over the years the fundamental features of composite decking (low-maintenance and eco-friendly attributes) have been improved weaknesses have been strengthened.
One such improvement has been the lifespan of composite. Whereas earlier forms of composite decking began showing flaws early on, today’s composite decking is designed to maintain its look and functionality for timelines rivaling and exceeding those of wood.
Eva-Last®composite decking is backed by impressive decade(s) long warranties depending on the specific product line you choose. Eva-Last®composite is engineered with protection against warping, rotting, twisting, cracking or breakage for both residential and commercial applications. In other words, it’s built to last. The durability of Eva-Last®composite means you avoid all the costs associated with premature replacement of parts - or even the entirety of your deck. It means your deck will be an asset rather than a liability to your home and it’s value.
2. Reduced Installation Effort And Cost
Not all deck installations are created equal. While a square deck might install easily, more elaborate decks require greater skill, time and cash. Fortunately, Eva-Last® composite decking is so simple to install that it’s considered DIY-friendly.
Composite engineering has made working with composite similar and often easier than installing timber. Since composite is a manufactured material, the boards are straighter and more consistent than wooden planks, free of knots and other imperfections which can hinder installation. This level of consistency makes installation predictable and less time consuming saving you time, money and material wastage.
Eva-Last® also offer complementary fixings and accessories to further quicken installation. HULK fasteners™ are specifically designed to aid in the installation process and overall stability of your deck; perfect for our grooved edged finish with the aesthetic advantage of creating a screw-free finish.
3. Long-Term Maintenance Cost Savings
Most wooden decks require regular maintenance, composite decking does not.
Wood plastic composite (WPC) requires only an occasional sweep or mop for care. In the event of a more drastic spill, regular dish soap is the only product needed for cleaning under normal circumstances - a huge difference when compared to replacing damaged wooden decks.
Eliminating the need for specialised cleaning products immediately puts money back into your wallet. Not to mention the harmful toxins contained in cleaners, sealants and sprays used to maintain wooden decking boards. The composite option helps you avoid harmful products, keeping your environment safer and you healthier.
4. More Durable And Resistant
Composite decking is equipped with an army of impressive “resistants”. Besides resistance to warping, rotting, twisting, cracking and other structural weakness that provide longevity, Eva-Last® composite offers moisture resistance and a number of other alternative benefits.
Moisture resistance takes the worry of water damage out of the equation. UV and Fade resistance allows the style and finish you select to last in sunny environments. Scratch proofing ensures your installation will not damage as easily as wood and spill resistance decreases the likelihood of staining as a result of accidents. Composite decking is also developed to avoid splinters and minimise the risk of slipping which equates to a safer choice when compared to wood.
The engineered extra benefits of composite are added to benefit you and your budget helping you avoid many of the pitfalls of traditional wooden decking.
5. No Wood or Trees Required
As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, it is best to find eco-friendly alternatives to wooden decking and other home projects formerly dependent on wood. Traditional timber decking demands the felling of trees, the use of chemical sealants and promotes disrespect for the essential role that forests play in our delicate ecosystem. Composite is the green alternative for your home.
Eva-Last®composite decking is manufactured using solar power with recycled raw ingredients and bamboo fibre. It preserves rather than destroys our natural resources and avoids the unknown difficulties derived from climate change with an alternative that is stronger, lighter and more sustainable than wood.
Choosing composite decking over wooden decking is one small way to benefit the environment. It keeps the world a little bit healthier for a little bit longer and allows you to enjoy life with greater peace of mind.
Now that you are convinced composite decking is the ‘better option’ when compared to wood - take a look through our products and enquire to learn more.
Eva-Last® is a globally recognised and trusted brand that manufactures and distributes specialised bamboo-plastic composite products and building solutions, namely, decking, cladding and indoor flooring. With over a decade of experience in all stages of the industry, from production to installation, Eva-Last® has both practical and technical knowledge that is used to assist owners, developers, architects and building professionals alike in achieving their design objectives. Eva-Last® strives to continually improve and innovate, delivering revolutionary composite products and attentive support to all customers.
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