What is Fiberon Composite Decking? Fiberon composite decking has long offered clear benefits over pressure-treated lumber decking. Early versions of fiber composite decking, though, were typically uncapped, meaning that they lacked an internal protective layer to offer true stain and decay resistance. Over the years, improvements to decking material have made it possible to manufacture thicker and more durable versions of this composite. This has made these decking products increasingly popular in residential applications.
Most Appealing Benefits of Using Fiberon Composite Decking
One of the most appealing characteristics of fiberon decking (which is responsible for its name) is the fact that it consists of larger particles than do most other common materials used in decking construction. This larger size and molecular structure make them easier to install in greater volumes than the older versions of decking made from pressure-treated lumber. The result is an extremely sturdy and stable deck with none of the flimsy qualities usually associated with wooden decking material.
Another benefit of fiber composite decking is that it requires very little maintenance. Unlike wood decks that must be stained and dried every few years, or even more frequently, high-quality fiberon decking can sustain its appearance and performance for many years. Wood decks also need to be sealed and painted every few years, while fiberboards may only need to be coated once each year or once every third year.
Additionally, this less frequent sealing and painting provides significantly greater dimensional stability. Finally, if you do choose to apply stains or paints to your deck, this less frequent maintenance schedule gives you more time to keep your deck looking its best.
Of course, there are many other advantages to fiber decking as well. First, because it is a polymer, it is extremely durable, especially when compared to traditional wood materials such as lumber. Many manufacturers will offer warranties on their deck boards, as well as providing installation services for life.
This not only helps to ensure that your deck remains visually appealing for as long as possible, but it also provides peace of mind that your deck is protected and cared for properly by knowledgeable professionals. Additionally, if repairs or installations should become necessary, many manufacturers provide free installation and repair services, as well as a complete line of tools and materials to help you achieve the results you desire.
One of the main benefits of fiberon decking is the way that the boards are manufactured. The standard manufacturing process leaves gaps in the boards, which when filled can allow moisture to seep into the surface of the boards. High-quality composite deck boards are finished with a chemical that not only makes the boards waterproof but prevents moisture from seeping in.
While each board may have small gaps in the board surface, each space filled with water is completely random, allowing any moisture to evaporate and be washed away with the rain. As a result, there is no significant amount of time involved in caring for your deck, and small cracks or minor imperfections in the boards do not detract from the overall appearance of the material.
Fiberon decking is also more resistant to ultraviolet rays than most other types of wood, because the polyester powder used to create the boards helps to reflect the ultraviolet rays. In comparison to other types of wood, this means that more of the sun’s damaging heat is absorbed by the fiberon, meaning less potential damage to your deck.
Even the caps used to cover the board surfaces can help to protect advantage against ultraviolet rays, because these caps are specially treated to stop UV rays from penetrating the surface of the boards. Combined with the regular maintenance process of painting your deck, and the one-time installation of UV protected foam over the boards to protect them from UV damage, it is very difficult for your deck to ever need any other type of protective treatment to maintain its beauty and luster.
The polyester powder used to create composite deck materials also gives the surface a smoother feel, which makes composite decking perfect for use in spaces that are not well suited for other types of decking materials. Because fiber and wood decking can be extremely smooth and slippery when wet, the addition of a coating to the surface can help to eliminate this problem.
If you do choose to use fiber in a space where slip is a problem, there are several specially treated products on the market that will help prevent the buildup of ice and snow on the surface, so that your guests can have a more enjoyable stay. While this does require a little bit more work on your part, using a specially treated product like this could potentially save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the long run. Not only will you save on the initial installation costs, but you will also have the luxury of having your deck available year round, without having to apply any other types of deck coating.
Finally, there is no need to worry about the accumulation of organic debris on your deck boards. Unlike with fiberboards, deck boards made from organic debris do not retain debris and weather well. These types of materials also do not provide a barrier between outdoor elements and your deck, creating a perfect environment for everything from tree leaves to pebbles to bugs to dirt to rot. Polyester deck boards, because they are made from a synthetic polymer that is unaffected by rain and snow, can be left outside for months on end and still provide the same protection from the elements as standard deck boards.