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  • Composite Decking (WPC) - How to make the right choice!

    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 better, these shouts definitely need a deeper analysis. Let’s go then!

    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.etc. Though this represent a potential good Green commercial hook, those polymers cannot be recycled infinitely! And the boards made out of those polymers are subject to extremely 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 we need to know when we approach the idea of buying a composite product, especially if you’re willing to install it... a material that moves a lot needs a master deck builder to deal with, otherwise you just trashed your money. In the compound/mixture of the standard wpc decking boards there is even a percentage of natural product, the most common is SAWDUST! Wow... sawdust! When dropping oil on the floor, my grandmother used to put sawdust on top in order to absorb it and better clean! IT ABSORBS A LOT... really a lot! So again be prepared to 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:

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    What you just seen can happen sooner or later, more or less, according to the quality of decking boards you are buying. This is essential to know in order not to encounter a deep disappointment after what looked like a good deal!

    Composite Decking: Solid or Hollow?

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    A myth needs to be busted: 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!

    decking ecofriendlyonsciousness about all the limits linked to WPC/BPC composites lead the italian team of iDecking Revolution to develop a new material to fix the major problems coming from traditional composites.

    Its name is DURO, 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 only the micro surface to absorb.

    The perfect contrary of sawdust!

     

  • Decking / Cladding: Traditional Decking System

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    Though decking is a common product in our culture, nobody knows about the huge lever of skills needed to master this art. Many commercial facilities have been pushing outdoor floorings only as far as the sale side is concerned! WRONG... Decking requires a master Deck Builder. Wether you choose a composite or natural deck, you must know that those boards move, they have to be outside and most of all people walk of that! Consciousness of this is a signal before starting or choosing the best installation system.

    Otherwise you run the risk to buy an excellent material and trash it after one season because of a wrong installation. Decking market offers many installation systems, starting from the traditional ones till the most innovative new generation where the chance to mistake is brought down to near zero!

    Traditional Decking System: Face fastening (screws/nails)

    This is the oldest (not to say jurassic) way to install a deck. Each board need to be spaced and aligned, then all you do is just screwing or nailing it from the top on the below understructure rails. Though it seems easy, you have no idea of the expertise and amount of time you need to put this together without doing a bad thing! First thing to take in consideration, seems dumb to say, but it is the going straight with the nails/screws otherwise you’re gonna create a snake pattern:

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    Now you might think that one of the plus of this system is the easy way to remove a board (just a drill/screwdriver)... but... attention! When you lay down the new board you need to put new screws in new places otherwise it won’t hold has strong as before!

    Traditional Decking System: Hidden Clips/Fasteners

    nails screws and fastenersThis is the first kind of innovation that came after the face fastening decking system. Definitely a cool way to get the screws out of sight, but they’re gonna be still there! A little step further though, since the hidden clip in most of time takes down the time needed to space each board. What if you need to remove a board? Perhaps at the centre of your deck? NIGHTMARE !!!!!

    All you have to do is “just and simply” start from the nearest perimeter, take out all the boards till you reach the one you desire to remove, replace it, and re-install everything! Some pirates use to pull the board out and then face fasten it... (forget about that!).

    Conclusions on traditional systems: before buying a decking to be installed through one of these two systems, there are deep consideration to be done, especially to know what you’re going to encounter after some time! The real problem is given by screws... they won’t hold forever! And despite being a time waster thing, it force you to structural maintenance every single season (this depends on the kind of wood/material and screws you use). When the screw fails, the board lifts up, this is not just bad looking, is even dangerous especially if you have kids... just to give you a few examples:

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