Composite wood deck: everything you need to know
The composite wood terrace is suitable for all types of climate and is at the top in wet areas, at the seaside and around swimming pools. Its three main qualities: its durability, his authentic appearance like natural wood and its limited maintenance. All our information on the slabs and boards in composite wood for the terrace: from the budget to the maintenance through the different shades of composite wood, this exterior flooring will have no more secrets for you!
As a competitor of exotic wood, composite wood for the terrace has a long and even longer life. It does not crack (no splinters), is resistant to fungi and termites, and the foam does not stick to it. Its maintenance is limited: it suffices to sweep the terrace with soapy water once a year. In the event of stains, use Sommières clay or a specific product ("Stain remover", Starwax). Even wet, composite wood remains adherent: no risk of slipping. Another advantage, it does not gray under the action of UV, its color becomes just a little paler. This natural discoloration stabilizes after 6 to 12 months, depending on weather conditions.
Note: Some new generation blades, coated with a protective polymer film, offer exceptional fade, stain and scratch resistance ("Earthwood Evolutions", TimberTech, "Atmosphere", Silvadec, "Terranova Xtrem", Fiberdeck) .
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Composite wood deck: an imitation (almost) perfect
The composite wood for decking is a mixture of wood waste (pine, spruce, poplar or maple) from sawmills and pulverized, polymer resins (PVC, polypropylene or polyethylene) and various additives (antioxidants, antimicrobials, etc.). Tinted in the mass, the blades exist in ten colors: taupe, dark brown, gray, red, etc. They can be smooth or grooved; some models, reversible, offer a different finish on each of their faces ("Xtra", Lameo). They are criticized for their lack of naturalness? Manufacturers are trying to imitate the appearance of wood ... without being able to match it altogether. Their tips: randomly pigment the blades to reproduce a vein effect ("Fiberon Tropics", Fiberdeck). And structure the surface of the terrace to give it a ribbed wood appearance ("Elegance", Silvadec).
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The price of a composite wood deck? From 17 to 110 euros the m2
Choose blades containing between 50 and 65% of wood powder: below, the terrace will have an unnatural "plastic" appearance; beyond that, it may become distorted and intoxicated. Prefer them solid blades alveolar models, more fragile. In GSB, there are terraces in composite wood at unbeatable prices (from 17 to 60 euros per m2), but not always of good quality. Recognized brands (Fiberdeck, Silvadec, TimberTech, Wex, etc.) are distributed in construction materials and specialized stores such as Dispano or Vivre en bois. Their blades are guaranteed until 25 years (between 70 and 110 euros per m2). Attention: during installation, the blades expand slightly with time, so space them well on the terrace.
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And also: color option for non-composite wood
Offer a new shade to your composite wood deck thanks to Douglas Fir blades (see "Le mot du pro"). Three colors are proposed: mahogany, anthracite gray and old gray wood. Grooved for drainage of water, these blades are 36 mm thick, 165 mm wide and 4 m long. 61 euros the m2, Piveteau Wood.
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