Composite decking has improved over the years. In its first appearance in the market, composite wood decking outperforms wood decking in several ways. This makes homeowners prefer plastic wood decking. But there is still a need to improve composite decking. The first or old generation composite boards have an uncapped surface that takes in moisture. This makes cleaning stains like oil and wine somewhat difficult. Also, first-generation composite boards are susceptible to mould attack. Then the need to improve wood-plastic composite decking gives rise to the creation of the second or newer-generation composite wood decking. 

Features of Newer-Generation Wood-Plastic Decking

Improved Performance Against Moisture

The newer-generation of composite wood decking has an improved performance against moisture or water. First-generation or uncapped composite decking does not have the improved performance of first-generation decking that prevent water absorption. Engineers solve the water or moisture absorption problem of first-generation composite decking by coating the decking surface with plastic. Most newer-generation composite has a three-side coat of plastic, while some have a four-side coat of plastic. 

Although four side-coats composites are the best, both offer protection from moisture absorption. Let’s see how to reduce moisture absorption makes it better than the first-generation decking and wood. When you install your plastic wood composite outside, you expose it to the elements. Moisture and water from rain will reach the top of your decking. If the surface does not have a plastic coating, it will infiltrate the decking and reach the core. This will cause swelling of the board and eventually rot if the board did not dry on time. If the decking board dry on time, it will lead to shrinking of the surface, which will reduce how long the decking will last.

Improved Performance Against Insects

Insects like termites will easily attack wood and first-generation decking that does not have a plastic coating. Termites will readily attack lumber decking because timber is food for it. When you install wood-plastic composite outdoor, termites will try to eat the wooden part of the decking. Since composite decking contains wood, termites will easily destroy it if it reaches the timber part of the decking. But since the newer-generation composite wood decking has a protective shell on its surface, termites will not consume the decking. 

Improved Fade-Resistant Performance

Newer-Generation Composite Wood Decking

The newer-generation composite decking has an improved fade-resistant property than wood or the first-generation decking. It implies that your composite wood decking will last longer and still retain its attractive colour. The sun UV rays act on the surface of plastic wood decking to fade its colour. But the protective shell on the surface of the newer-generation decking prevents the rays from reaching the colour. This makes your capped or newer-generation decking last longer with a little colour loss. 

Improved Stain Resistant

Stain is something that can distort the surface of composite wood decking when it touches the top. Old-generation composite decking will easily absorb a stain like timber decking. This makes it difficult for you to scrub the stain off the top of the decking. The protective shell of newer-generation composite decking prevents water as much as stains like wine and oil to enter into the core of the decking boards. That is why cleaning the top of wood-plastic composite decking is easier because you only have to scrub it. The old composite boards will be stained permanently, causing issues with the colour. 

Easier Maintenance

Newer composite boards are easy to maintain than old ones. First, you can take away stains from the top of the decking easily. Second, there is no need to scrub moisture off the surface of capped composite because they can even thrive on the surface. When you install the newer-generation composite, you only need to clean the top with a cloth, and your decking is clean. Occasionally, you might have to scrub the top of your capped composite with a brush and soapy liquid to remove a stain. Newer-generation composite does not require staining, painting, sanding or sealing like timber. Since the surface of the newer-generation composite is impervious to moisture, there is no need to seal it. 

Improved Aesthetic

Newer-generation composite has a high aesthetic value than old composite. This means that the colour will last longer. Also, this composite decking has a rich pigmentation that makes the decking stay attractive for a long time. 


Newer-generation composite wood decking has lots of features that make it better than the old composite decking. It has an improved aesthetic, water-resistant capped surface, fade-resistant surface, and easy to maintain.

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