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What to Know About Adding a Deck

Want to increase your living space and enjoy the open air more? Learn the requirements, costs and other considerations for building a deck Full Story
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Hi bjwpg,

The article's author barely touched on it, but one issue with "composite decking" is the term is somewhat confusing. The word "composite" means "A thing made up of several parts or elements". In the case of decking, that's often wood fibers and plastic (as mentioned in the article). A basic composite deck board is just that material, sometimes imprinted with a pattern. You can still buy these boards, and they tend to be the cheaper ones often available at big box stores.

However, the nicer boards, and (IMO) the ones you should choose, are "PVC capped composite". As the original author writes: "Newer composite boards are wrapped in a thin plastic layer so they won’t stain or fade." Think of a skittle (the candy). It has a very thin, very hard plastic shell protecting a softer material, that adds stain, abrasion, and UV resistance. It also makes the board much less prone to growing mildew. The PVC is from 1/16" to 1/8" thick, and completely wraps around the board.

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I can't say much about actually building a deck but I know I enjoy mine immensely. I can, however, suggest a way to embellish a deck or courtyard wall, an outdoor kitchen that faces a deck , add a water feature, all with mosaic art by Chicago Mosaics.
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