Depending on the make up of the board, composite decking has some significantly unique features.
Composite Decking can be broken into 3 different categories, Traditional Composite Core, PVC or Cellular PVC Composite Core, and Mineral Based Composite Core. These materials refer to the types of materials used in the center or core of the board to give it it’s strength and unique characteristics. Let’s talk more about those…
Hot or Not? – Where will your composite deck be located?
One Common question we get asked regarding composite decking is “does it get too hot to walk on in the summer?” Or “I hear the PVC Composite Decking is cool in the summer where Traditional Composite is Hot, is that true?”
To answer this question, friends of ours at The Ultimate Deck Shop in Regina Saskatchewan conducted an experiment. They laid out samples of all the composite decking they could get their hands on, in their parking lot, on a 30 degree Celsius day, and took regular surface temperature readings of all the Composite Deck Samples.
The results showed that although there was some variability in surface temperature readings between Traditional Composite, PVC, and Mineral Based Core Boards, there was a greater variability between Composite Board Colors. Regardless of the make up of the core of the board, darker colored boards were hotter and retained more heat longer than lighter colored boards.
When selecting your composite deck boards, keep in mind:
At Mountain View, we think of composite decks as forever decks. They have greater durability and less maintenance. Composite decking holds up better under hot or cold weather shifts, like we see here in Calgary all too often. Composite decks are also resistant to rot, mold, and termites, which can take their toll on wood decking materials.
With composite decking being the fastest-growing wood decking alternative on the market, we’re proud to carry the best-selling lines from all the best brands. Different sizes, different colours, different designs – we love how composite decking products are also focused on sustainability, using recycled materials to save millions of trees!
We do our very best to source our products as locally and sustainably as possible, and ensure the highest-quality products to meet the demands of Alberta’s unique climate.
From design to choosing the building materials for your new deck, we’ll connect you with a contractor to complete your build and work with you every step of the way to ensure your deck is done right.
When we understand your location, budget, style, and maintenance needs, we will be able to help you make the best decisions for your decking project!