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The difference between composite decking and cladding is the design. The composite cladding has interlocking at the sides that enable you to join the panels together. Before we go into the difference, let us know more about composite decking and cladding.

What Is A Composite material?

Composite materials are structural materials that have wood fibres and plastic as the material composition. You can refer to them as composite materials because they have similar characteristics.

 Makers of composite materials make them in a factory where they mix the materials with a binding agent and then heat the mixture. When the finished product is ready, it is cut into different sizes so that you can use them to build decking or cladding in your house.

Advantages of Composite Materials

 One advantage of composite materials is that they are more durable than wood decking or cladding. What this implies is that composite decking and cladding will last longer than wood decking or cladding. Also, composite materials are easy to maintain. All you should do is to sweep them with a broom. 

If you are dealing with composite cladding, you can use a cloth or a sponge to clean the side if it is dirty. Wood material, on the other hand, must be sand, oiled, sealed, stained or painted for it to last long.

Also, you must perform this laborious task at least once a year, else your wood material will not last. Not counting the money you will spend maintaining the wood material. 

Composite decking and cladding save money in the long run because you will spend little money maintaining them. Now that you know what composite materials are let’s move to composite decking and cladding.

What Is A Composite Decking?

outdoor decking

Composite decking is a structural material that homeowners use to build decking or patio. You can lay it on the ground, and it serves as a surface on which folks perform their activities. What this implies is that you can lay composite decking on your garden or in your yard. 

Also, you can put things like tables and chairs on it and hold a party on your composite decking. The strength to weight ratio of composite decking is high. It implies that composite cladding can support the weight of folks standing on it, and it won’t collapse.

 Also, you can lay composite decking boards side by side on a joist or frame using clips and fasteners. Composite decking has space in between the panels that allow for expansion and contraction.

What Is A Composite Cladding?

a nice looking cladding

Composite cladding is similar to composite decking because it is a structural material. The difference between the plastic wood cladding and the decking is that makers of cladding designed it so that you can arrange it on the wall. It is why homeowners refer to composite cladding and siding in some part of the world. 

Composite cladding is a material that you can use to cover the wall of your house and protect it from moisture. Also, plastic wood cladding is lightweight and arduous. One thing about composite cladding that makes it different from the decking is that the panels have interlocking. 

This interlocking of composite cladding makes it possible for the boards to enter one another. When the boards lock together, moisture will not be able to enter in between the boards.

Can Composite Decking Be Used As Cladding?

“If you install composite decking products as siding, it will void the warranty. It doesn’t mean that the decking boards will fail, but if the decking warp or fade, the maker is not liable” says a decking expert. 

This statement implies that it is not advisable to utilise composite decking as cladding. Although some homeowners do use composite decking as cladding, it will not provide complete protection against moisture. The composite decking boards will not interlock like cladding because it doesn’t have interlocking.

 Also, composite cladding has a rain screen which creates a gap between the exterior wall and the cladding. This rain screen allows air to flow and water to evaporate from the space between the cladding and the wall. So, if you want a durable covering for your wall, you have to use the right material to clad the wall. 

Conclusion

Composite decking is a decking material that homeowners use to build their patio. Makers of composite decking designed it so that you can lay it on the ground. Composite cladding is a building material that you can use to cover the side or wall of your building and protect it from moisture.

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