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4 Myths About Capped Composite Decking

September 21 2017
Decking Technology

For many years, wood has been the default choice in decking material for homeowners. Unfortunately, wood is highly susceptible to rot, insects, mold, and moisture damage, and requires annual maintenance such as staining and waterproofing. 

Fortunately, there are now several decking options for homeowners to consider that are superior to wood including capped composites. Although this type of material has been around for decades, many homeowners still have outdated or incorrect assumptions about capped composites, and are unaware of the many benefits of this technologically advanced material. Get the facts about these four common myths related to capped composite decking.

Myth #1: Capped Composite Decks Look Unnatural 

 When composite decking was introduced in the 1990s, it’s true that some of the first decks closely resembled plastic more so than anything else. However, composite decking has evolved significantly since its early days. Today’s modern decks look as close to natural wood as possible, and even feature unique grain patterns, various color shifts, and textures making it very hard to distinguish it from wood. Check out TimberTech’s decking products to find one that suits your style. 

Myth #2: Capped Composite Decking Won’t Fade Over Time 

While it would be ideal to have a deck that is 100% fade-proof, most decks will naturally fade to some degree when exposed to sunlight and other outdoor elements. A TimberTech capped composite deck features fade-resistant, steadfast colors backed by an industry leading 30-Year Limited Fade & Stain Warranty.  

Myth #3: Capped Composite Requires Zero Maintenance 

While many homeowners probably wish they didn’t have to perform annual maintenance on their deck, the truth is that no product is truly zero maintenance. However, capped composite decking is often referred to as low-maintenance since it requires no annual sealing, staining or sanding. In fact, aside from an annual inspection to ensure that there are no unstable beams or damaged planks, simple soap and water are typically all that is required to clean your capped composite deck. Go to our website to get additional care and cleaning tips. 

Myth #4: Capped Composite Is Not Eco-Friendly  

TimberTech’s capped composite decking materials are made using up to 73% recycled materials. In addition, the Wilmington, OH, plant that produces TimberTech deck boards uses recycled water during the manufacturing process. Since capped composite decking is highly durable, and will last significantly longer than a wood deck, this ultimately results in less waste going to landfills. Get details about TimberTech’s sustainability efforts  here.