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Outdoor Decks - Composite Decking Material Options, Pricing And Pros And Cons

When it comes to composite decking material options, Kontiki interlocking deck tiles may just deserve a place on your home improvement and DIY list.

Of course, it is sensible to keep in mind that there are both pros and cons when it comes to composite decking material options.

Solid wood may still be your first choice, but requires more in upkeep. However, quality composite tiles can be durable and you may even discover some discount pricing...

11 Pros And Cons Of Composite Decking Material Options

These are seen as being environmentally friendly options for your deck, gazebo or porch. Recycled wood and plastic are used during the manufacturing process.

The brand leaders promise good color retention in reviews. Whereas real wood has to be stained or refinished, this isn't necessary with a composite product.

There shouldn't be warping, splitting or cracking of the tiles, if you buy a brand that has a good performance record.

Maintenance is on a fairly low level, compared to wood.

Provided that you choose a quality product, it should be reasonably durable. Look for lines that are proven to be mold-resistant and insect-resistant.

If you opt for interlocking composite deck tiles, installation is simple and pattern variety keeps things interesting.

You will still get real wood looks that will go well with window treatments such as outdoor bamboo shades.

Wood grain textures help with slip-resistance.

When it comes to cons, you have to ask questions about the product's performance during temperature changes. Some lines are more prone to expansion or contraction during very hot or very cold weather. This has to be taken into consideration during installation.

You also need to be wary of possible sagging issues over time. Your supplier will be able to give you advice about preventing this possible drawback.

Load-bearing is another, related aspect where composites don't perform the way solid hardwood does. However, you can find ways around this by making use of another structural material during installation. Make sure you get input from someone who has experience in this regard, before you make a final buying decision.

Provided that you do some research first, composite decking material options offer some attractive and durable solutions for your deck, porch and other outdoor areas.

And, if you are a DIY enthusiast, an interlocking composite deck tiles installation may just become your next family project.