Save the Trees by Building a Pool Deck Made of Composite Material
Yes, composite materials are typically more expensive than lumber; however, these high-tech construction products last much longer than the real stuff, and look great, too. So why continue to cut down trees?
Is composite a type of wood? Or is composite plastic?
Simply put, composite is a wood substitute made of plastic. In the context of swimming pool decks, we can refer to it as wood composite decking. We aren’t talking about plastic as in drinking bottles, or plastic bags or even plastic sheeting. Instead, plastic in this context is a new-world, highly advanced composite material that incorporates all kinds of polyvinyl materials, while reusing things that would otherwise end up as waste.
Recycled garbage? Is this what you want for your bright new swimming pool design?
The truth is, a well-constructed composite pool deck looks exactly like one that is made out of solid wood planks. Manufacturers have configured a technique of molding materials together so that they mirror the real thing. Composite planks that are suitable for pool decks are either solid – just like conventional wood planks – or they are hollow. Some offer hidden systems for hardware (bolts, screws) to anchor the planks.
What are the benefits of composite for pool decking?
Apart from the fact you won’t need to cut down trees in order to build your pool deck, the major benefits of choosing a composite pool deck over wood are: 1) you won’t get splinters, 2) composite decking is incredibly easy to maintain, and 3) it lasts much longer than wood.
Are there any disadvantages of building a pool deck out of composite?
One of the most prominent disadvantages of composite materials is that they are not strong enough to build a deck support structure. Thus, you will need to build the basic structure out of another material – metal for example. Also, like wood decks, composite decks can deteriorate, just not as quickly as wood. All materials will break down over time, though; and it’s up to you to decide which material you would rather maintain. The choice is different for everyone.
Bottom line: If you like the appearance of wood, but are sensitive to the environmental aspects relevant to cutting down trees for construction purposes, then composite is a technology you need to explore before you build the swimming pool deck of your dreams.