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It is possible to replace your wooden decking with composite decking if you have one in your garden. But replacing wooden decking does not mean replacing all the decking structure. This implies that when replacing your wooden decking, you don’t have to change the substructure or the frame that support your decking. You should tear off the old wooden decking and change it for the new wood-plastic composite decking. Several benefits come with changing your timber decking with wood-plastic composite. This write-up deals with how you can replace your wood decking with composite. 

Why You Should Replace Your Wooden Decking with Composite Decking

Most wooden decking owners don’t know the importance of changing their timber decking for better wood-plastic composite decking. Here are few reasons changing your wooden decking for composite decking is worth your effort.

Composite Decking Is Scratch Resistant

One reason for replacing your wood decking with composite is that the latter is resistant to scratches. Composite decking has an improved surface that will not scratch quickly. Capped composite decking has a layer of plastic that won’t peel or scratch due to foot traffic. While scratches on wood decking will cut through the paint or stain and become visible, scratches on composite are less visible. This is because the plastic coating of the composite prevents the scratches from cutting deep into the board.

Composite Decking Is Slip-resistant

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Another reason to replace your wood with composite is that the latter is slip-resistant. Wood-plastic composite boards have lines on the surface that stimulates friction when you walk on your decking. These lines on your decking surface make it difficult for you to slip or fall when you walk on the surface of your decking. It implies that your kids can play on your decking, and you will be assured that they will be safe.

UV Resistant

UV resistance is another reason you should replace your wood decking with composite decking. When you install your wood-plastic composite outdoors, the decking will be exposed to the sun. The UV rays will not destroy your composite decking beautiful appearance, neither will it cause it to fade quickly. Wood decking paint or stain will fade rapidly as a result of the UV of the sun.

Moisture Resistant

Moisture resistance is another reason you should replace your wood decking with wood-plastic composite. Timber will readily absorb moisture or water when you build it outdoors. But when you install your wood-plastic composite decking outside in your garden, it will not absorb moisture. The plastic-coated top of wood-plastic composite will prevent excess moisture from reaching the core and stop it from swelling or rotting.

Easy Maintenance

Another reason for changing your wooden decking for composite is that composite decking is easy to maintain. Instead of spending plenty of your cash to take care of your composite decking, you just have to spend less to maintain your wood plastic composite decking. You have to clean your wood-plastic composite with a cloth or lightly scrub the surface to make the decking clean.

Steps to Replace Your Wooden Decking with Composite

Step One – Remove the Old Boards

Removing the old wooden decking boards is what you must do when you want to change your wood decking. It requires a crowbar to tear off the nails from the old decking joists. After using your crowbar to tear off the nails, you can gently remove the timber boards and place them somewhere. 

Step Two – Inspect the Joists

After removing the timber decking, you should inspect the joists to ensure that it is intact. Most old wooden decking has good joists or substructure, so you don’t have to change the joists if it is intact. But if the substructure is not intact, you should ensure that you replace the weak wood planks. You can tape the surface of your joists to prevent moisture from destroying them. Inspecting the joists also involve inspecting the posts that support your decking. 

Step Three – Lay the composite Decking Boards

After ensuring that your joists and posts are intact, you can proceed to lay your wood-plastic decking on the joists. You should lay the WPC board starting from the side of your home if your decking is close to your house or any other structure. Then cover the top of your decking with composite boards. 

Conclusion

There are several reasons to replace your wood decking. Replacing your wooden decking with composite decking starts with removing the old boards and inspecting the joists. Then, lay your composite boards on the decking.

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