Composite Decking versus Wood Decks
October 26, 2007 10:00
Composite Decking has many advantages advantages over traditional wood decks such as low maintenance
Wood decking materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, are high maintenance products that need attention year after year to maintain a good appearance. Wood splits, splinters, becomes slippery when we, and heats up in the sun, which can make it unbearable to walk on. Exposed metal fasteners can lift from the wood causing injury. Eventually, you will have to replace it! Wood works well for substructures, but not for handrail and walking surfaces. Although wood is an inexpensive and quick solution for deck patio surfaces, it has a relatively short life.
Composite Deck materials can provide homeowners a beautiful wood look without wood's hassles. Once such material, Dream® Composite Deck, manufactured by Thermal Industries, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is created through a patented Purified Fiber Process (PFP) that eliminates the drastic color change associated with other composite decking materials. Designed for strength & durability, Dream Composite Decking is thirty to fifty percent stronger than other leading composite materials. Dream Composite Decking will not warp, rot, decay or check like wood, and is termite-resistant, assuring homeowners years of beauty, performance and value for their homes. This low maintenance composite decking product never requires annual staining or sealing, and no special deck brighteners or chemicals are needed. So, you have more time to enjoy your deck patio instead of maintaining it. Simply use household cleaners and water from a garden hose to regain a clean appearance. For more information on Dream® Composite Decking, visit the Thermal Industries website at http://www.thermalindustries.com/.
About Thermal Industries - In business for more than 47 years, Thermal Industries, Inc., a division of Atrium Companies, manufactures custom-made vinyl windows, doors, patio enclosures, vinyl and composite deck planks and vinyl railing systems. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, the company maintains distribution through 18 branch locations east of the Mississippi. For more information on other Thermal Industries products, call (800) 245-1540, Ext. 1941, or go online to http://www.thermalindustries.com/.
About Atrium Companies, Inc. - For more than 50 years, Atrium Companies, Inc. has offered the highest quality window and door products to meet the demands of builders, contractors and distributors in the residential construction industry. Dedicated to meeting the needs of its customers, the Atrium family of brands provides a versatile range of window and patio door products, including vinyl and aluminum models, as well as replacement and new construction product lines. A variety of window styles are also available through the Atrium family including single- and double-hung, horizontal slider, casement, tilt-and-turn and architectural shapes. Specialty products range from hurricane impact solutions with Atrium's Safe Harbor® impact-resistant windows, patio doors and hurricane window shutters, to innovative soundproofing Silent Guard™Sound Suppression Windows. The company's portfolio of brands includes its flagship Atrium Windows and Doors brand, Superior Windows, Thermal Industries, Danvid Door and Window, HR Windows, Champion Window, Darby Door and North Star Vinyl Windows and Doors.