Capped Composite Decking: Why You Need It

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Unlike other decking materials like wood, capped composite decking won’t crack, splinter, or decay. It also won’t fall victim to insect infestation, and never needs staining, refinishing, or sanding.

In fact, just a simple wash with soap and water is enough to make it look new. Since capped composite decks are resistant to fading and staining, it means your deck will maintain its beautiful appearance with minimal maintenance all through the year.

Today, capped composite decks come with a “cover” feature that provides additional protection against the elements of everyday living. The capping contains ultra-violet inhibitors and provides additional strength and resilience.


Capped Vs. Uncapped Composite Decking

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Uncapped composite decking can be considered as the first-generation version of composite decking that is vulnerable to fading, staining, and mold. Capped composite decking, on the other hand, has a cover that is bonded to the core during the manufacturing process.

NewTechWood composite decking boards are capped with advanced premium shield encasing on all four sides around its inner core. The core and shield are extruded together under very high temperatures simultaneously. This means there are no chemicals or adhesives used that can harm the environment. The decks also come in a variety of beautiful colors for you to choose from.


Capped Composite Decking Pre-Build Maintenance

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Maintenance of your capped composite deck starts before it is even built. Even though the product is durable and highly resistant to mold, your deck’s ability to withstand similar issues is determined by the amount of air flow between each decking boards.

The deck boards should be spaced appropriately to allow optimum rainwater and air flow. During its installation, the soil should be graded to allow runoffs and prevent water from accumulating under the deck. In addition, you need to ensure you direct downspouts away from your deck.


What Not to Do to Your Capped Composite Decking

For your deck to serve you for years, ensure you do not do the following:


  • use shovels or any other metal tools to remove ice or snow from your composite deck.

  • When cleaning your deck, it is important to avoid leaving soapy water or any other cleaning agents to sit and dry on the surface. Once your deck is cleaned, make sure you saturate the surface to wash off all the cleaning products.

  • If you are using a pressure washer, ensure it is below 1,500 psi. And never place the nozzle closer than 12 inches above your deck.

  • You may also want to avoid letting dirt, leaves, and other debris gather between the gaps of decking boards. The gaps should be kept open to allow rainwater pass through and keep the surface of your deck clean.


When you select a capped composite deck from NewTechWood, you won’t have to worry about so many things like regular maintenance. Your decking will provide you with enduring functionality and beauty for as long as you own the house.




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