Composite Decking Materials
Composite decking material is comprised of plastic and wood fibers. Polyethylene plastic and wood fiber deck boards are made up of half wood fibers, like sawdust, and half recycled polyethylene plastic. Polypropylene plastic and wood fiber decking is composed of small particles of wood, almost like a flour and hard plastic. This decking is low decking and slip resistant. Decks with composite decking can even be installed in a rounded or curved pattern, which adds many design possibilities to a deck. Composite deck boards are generally pressed with a pattern or a wood grain and come in a wide range of shades and colors.
Plastic Lumber Decking and Handrail Material
High density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic lumber is made primarily from recycled materials. This wood free product promises not to stain or fade and is waterproof. It is also splinter-free and low maintenance, needing only to be cleaned periodically. The complex fastening systems are best installed by a skilled deck builder. The look and feel of plastic lumber is not like wood. Additionally, plastic lumber decks tend to squeak when they are walked on. This product is substantially more expensive than wood. There are structurally rated plastic lumber products such as joists, posts and beams that are available for deck construction. Reinforced plastic lumber has plastic mixed with glass fiber.