Yes you do need to space composite decking as it will expand as it heats up. You should always refer to the manufactures instructions of the gap that should be left. Some decking will be supplied with spacers for the decking that set this gap exactly.
The video below will show you how composite decking is installed.
The TimberTech team help to install a composite deck in Michaelston-le-Pit, just outside of Cardiff.
Now the top factor that you need to consider when you want to build composite decking is of course your budget, how can you be able to build it when you do not have enough budget for your design. So make sure that when you are planning to build composite decking is that you already have a budget range that you can spend in the construction of the deck, like you can set from the average price of the construction and then if you have extra, you can set it to a maximum limit where that you only be the spending would go for the construction of the composite deck. You actually need to consider this factor first since everything else will follow if you have already set a budget range for your spending, especially when you also do not have a specific design in mind yet.
So the place that you would like to have the deck would be constructed would be a big consideration since you need to decide or consider which floor it is going to be built for; for example, you just want it to be constructed on the ground floor then you need to consider the weeds and other grasses on your grounds, since you do not want to have some green grasses going out in between your deck board in the future since you did not took out the weeds or grasses on the base of the deck. Then if you want to have composite decking on the second floor or if you want a floating deck, you actually need to consider the foundation that it can get from your house, since if you like to build it on the second floor, then make sure that it has enough support that it can get from the foundation of your house itself or from the wall of your house.
Another important thing to consider when building a deck is that you actually need to make sure that you get a permit from your local building authority in your area so that you will be able to know their guidelines needed to follow when building something in your area. Though there are places that do not require a permit when building a deck but just to make sure to check it first with your local authorities.
Then the next thing that you need to consider is how exposed to the sun or rain your deck would be since that would help you determine which type of composite decking materials to use and what colour of composite boards you need to use like if it is going to be a darker one or a lighter one. So you actually need to consider the weather conditions of the area where you are going to have the composite deck to be built like if it is going to be more exposed to the sun for a very long time or if it is going to be wet when it rains. Now if the area is exposed to the heat of the sun straight ahead, then you might need to choose a lighter colour of a composite board since the dark ones absorbs much heat meaning when it is exposed to the sun, and you are staying on your deck, you might feel like you are in an oven or sitting on a frying pan.
When it comes to taking care of and cleaning composite decking, especially when you just want to get rid of some dirt like dust or tiny little pieces of trash, then you can just actually sweep it away with the ones that have soft bristles. You need to use a broom or a brush that have soft bristles because even if the board are scratch free, you do not want to rub that in it just to prove that they are scratch free, since they are actually scratch free but you still need to take care of them, carelessness will get you nowhere.
Also, when you want to clean composite decking, like when you want to wash it, then you can just also use soap and a warm water to wash it off. Again, you do not need to rub hardly as you can when cleaning composite boards since that might damage the coating of the boards. Now when you are cleaning the boards with soap and warm water, then you can clean it one small space or area at a time for a better cleaning and efficiency in cleaning, so that you won’t have soap marks or stains left of on the boards.
Now when you accidentally stained your deck or someone has accidentally stained your composite boards through something, then you do not need to fret; remember, one of its advantages is that they are stain free, however it does not mean that you would just leave that stains there until it dries out or for a week or weeks, months until the time you decide you want to clean it, no, it is not like that. When there is stain on one of your composite boards then you want to remove them as soon as possible to prevent it from going inside the board or being absorbed by the board since even though if the boards are made from recycled materials, the coating of the boards are made from wood fibres which means that you still need to take care of them like you have the pure wooden boards for your deck.
Now another thing to remember when you are cleaning composite decking, you can opt not to use your hands or broom in cleaning it, in fact, you can actually also use a pressure washer when cleaning it, however you need to keep presence of mind when you are using it or when you choose to use it because due to the pressure of the washer, instead of aiming only to get rid of the dirt or concrete residues on the boards of your deck, then you might also removed the coating of the composite boards and also leave pressure marks on it. So when you opt to use a pressure washer when cleaning composite decking, it is a must that you should only use the one that has 2000 psi or pounds per square inch or is equivalent to 1.2 GSM or gallons per minute. And also when you opt to use a pressure washer, with the given pressure or allowed pressure, make sure that you also spray from the boards away from by about 10 inches or more.
Not all people out there know the many benefits of composite decking other than having the pure brand new wood for a decking construction so here are the few among the many advantages of having a composite deck.
Having composite lumber for your composite decking is actually advantageous if you are the type who hates cleaning every now and then since those are actually scratch, moulds, and stain resistant therefore you can do whatever you want, whatever that is on your mind you wish to do on your deck with your special someone, family, relatives and friends once your deck has already been constructed.
Another reason why having a composite deck is great mainly because they are maintenance free therefore not only they are good for the ones who hate cleaning but it can actually save you a lot of dimes from spending on the maintenance of your deck to remain its beauty and would look brand new every time for a long time. Also, this means that you actually do not need to search for whatever cleaning solution you can use on them if you really want them to be clean.
Then, one of the advantages of composite decking, and why most people choose it is because it is actually kind of fast to build or time efficient since the boards do not actually need sanding and painting on it since they are actually already made according to the likeness of the owner, which means that you can choose whatever texture or colour you want to have even before the construction of composite decking will begin. With that said, it also means that you will be able to save in spending on the labour or extra work for the sanding and painting of the boards for your composite deck.
Now the best advantage that the composite decking has been always proud of is that it is forest friendly or it is mainly eco- friendly which means that they do not hurt the forest just to get those boards to be made only for your deck. When you choose to have a composite decking, you can actually think that you have helped mother earth in saving the forest since the composite boards are actually made out of recycled materials, specifically recycled plastics and recycled wood fibres. However, you can’t expect that it would look really artificial as the plastic or as authentic as pure wood but of course, it will be a combination of both since those are made from recycled material which means that you might have the longevity of plastic and durability but you will still have the coating of the wood through the wood fibres.
So, aside from all the advantages that was mentioned earlier, composite decking is actually a great choice if you want to have a long lasting deck outside your house which means that you will be able to save a lot from it. Now most people will say that as much as they want to use eco-friendly materials, choosing a composite deck is not an affordable option well if you will think about your initial costing, then yes it is a bit costly but if you will think about the big savings that you can have per month for the maintenance for example, how big that amount could be for the whole year that you are able to save for the maintenance alone.
Now when you are planning to have a composite decking to be constructed outside your house then you must do check and follow your local building codes and guidelines in your area so that you will have no problems at a later time, most especially when your composite decking is already done or almost done, you do not want that to happen. You actually need to check it before even planning out any details of your composite decking like how big is it going to be, the colour, the shape, what furniture you would put on it, just to save you from the heartbreak, just make sure that you check with them first before anything else.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind is when you want to have a deck outside your house is that you do need to consider if the deck that you are planning is accessible to the house entrance or accessible to your house as simple as that. Now you actually need to consider the accessibility of the entrance of your house from the deck because you don’t want to destroy or create another wall just to have a deck, you need to check on that one since it would be costly, especially if the wall that you are considering to destroy just to have the deck has electrical wirings, then you need to rewire them, and then that would be another fee for the electrician. Also, sometimes, you might need another carpenter who can put up another wall.
Also, one thing that you need to do is to check or compare decking construction prices from where you are since there are different factors to consider when you putting up composite decking. So If you are looking for one then canvassing might also give you an idea of what you really want to have in a composite decking, like the shape, colour and possible texture, which would actually have possible different prices from the decking construction companies since, most likely they have other ways in getting their resources, tools, and their employees which could definitely affect their pricing about the construction.
Now when you already have your composite decking constructed, you need to take care of it and one thing that you need to always keep in your mind in order to take proper care of your newly constructed composite decking is that when cleaning it, you should not and never use acetone or any highly concentrated cleaning solution because it can definitely damage the coating of the composite boards of your deck and you actually do not want that to happen. Now if you accidentally use acetone or any highly concentrated cleaning solvent then there is a tendency that the coating will fade and as well as the colour of the board even though if composite boards are fade resistant, well due to the chemical that was poured in to the board or boards, it can really damage the board and guess what? It can also take you out from the warranty of the board.