There are several things to keep in mind when you’re installing PVC decking. First, you must know that it’s highly resistant to stains. This means that it can be repainted or refinished infrequently. A simple annual cleaning with mild detergent and water should be enough to keep your boards looking new and beautiful. You should read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance, though, before you begin applying any chemicals.
Another benefit of PVC is that it is resistant to insects and dents. Since it doesn’t contain any organic matter, it doesn’t provide food for hungry insects. Additionally, it is lightweight and slip-resistant, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. But there are some disadvantages to this material.
Composite decking is usually made from a WPC inner core surrounded by a PVC sleeve. The sleeve can cover one or both sides. This type of decking is highly resistant to stains and warping and is also highly resistant to moisture. However, it is not suitable for painting as the paint will sit on it for a while before peeling off.
When building a deck, make sure that you measure it. This will allow you to calculate the amount of material needed. Then, you can add accessories that complement your new deck, such as planter boxes. In addition, make sure to use appropriate fasteners, and remember that you can only over-stretch composite decking.
Regarding cost, PVC is a cost-effective choice for your deck. Prices vary depending on the size of your deck and the type of composite you choose.
Composite decking can be fastened with screws through the face or clips along the edge. While edge-fastening hides the screws, face-fastening makes it easier to repair and faster. Standard bugle-head deck screws can be used in composite decking. Unlike wood, PVC decking requires virtually no maintenance. However, you must ensure your local building codes allow you to use it around a pool or hot tub.
The maintenance of your deck is as essential as the building process itself. During the warm seasons, you need to clean the deck regularly to avoid stains and prevent moisture from damaging the material. If you neglect this, it will be susceptible to decay and rot. Proper care will ensure a deck that lasts for 25 to 30 years.