May 26, 2017

Composite Decking Cheat Sheet

Once upon a time, an overwhelming majority of decks were comprised of wood.  While wood can still be a wonderful choice, composite decking materials are quickly winning favor with homeowners because of the minimal maintenance they require.  If you’re thinking of installing a composite deck on your property, here’s a cheat sheet that can assist you in the decision making process.

What is Composite Decking?

Composite decking consists of a combination of plastic material and wood particles.  Many times, the plastic material is made of recycled by-products such as milk jugs, soda bottles and shopping bags.

Why Are Composite Decks Gaining Popularity?

Hands down, composite decking will be less maintenance than a wooden deck because it does not need to be sanded or stained again…ever.  Due to their composition, they do not rot and are not a target for termites. zuir

Hollow vs Solid Composite Deck:

While there are many different manufacturers of composite decking, there is a single differentiating factor between all types of composite decking.  That is whether the deck in hollow or solid.  What’s the difference?  Hollow composite decks are lighter, less expensive and look less like wood, but they do not expand and contact as much as a solid composite deck.  Hollow decks are more flexible and are susceptible to damage prior installation.  For these reasons, solid composite decks tend to be more popular.

Differences in Types of Composite Decking Materials:

Polyethylene Based:

This is the most cost effective of the three types and is the most popular composite decking type on the market.  It most closely imitates the look of wood and can be cut into the longest deck boards.

To learn more about this type, check out Deborah’s composite decking project in St. Paul, MN.


Polypropylene Based:

This type of composite decking is resistant to heat.  Furthermore, it does not become distorted when exposed to extended periods of moisture.  This type of decking has a shiny appearance.

Polyvinyl Chloride Based:

While this type of deck does not imitate the look of wood, it is lightweight and has the hardest surface of the three.  It can become more slippery after a rainfall.  It gains favor with homeowners for being more scratch resistant than other types.


Learn More About Composite Deck Building:

Composite Deck Building Reviews:

"We had Lindus put in a small deck for us and fix an existing small deck on the second story of our home. They did an incredible job. The workmanship is more than I expected. We have spent our summer enjoying the deck(s). Lindus is responsive and the clean up was great.  I will definitely look at Lindus next time I need work done."

Sheila W.
St. Paul, MN
September 18, 2023

"After making calls to three home builders, I received no response. So, I decided to call Lindus Construction. I talked to Jordan Maxon. We met and set up plans for two decks. The craftsmen who built my two decks were: Randy, Triston, Thomas & Dylan. These guys were very kind, respectful, hard working and had good attitudes. Their work was totally outstanding!"

Karen H.
Cushing, WI
September 13, 2023

"We highly recommend Lindus for home improvement projects -- our new deck is beautiful, built with high quality materials and attention to details. The construction crew was experienced and professional."

Cheryl G.
White Bear Lake, MN
July 5, 2023

"Lindus built a deck beyond my expectations. Dave and Triston were very professional. The upper-story deck they built is amazing and much better than the deck it replaced. I am grateful for their skill and hard work."

Carolyn M.
Apple Valley, MN
July 2, 2023

"The city Inspector had no complaints. I couldn't be happier and I would HIGHLY recommend Lindus for anyone wanting to put in a new deck or hire a company that has talented and professional workers that really care about you and the final product."

Donna K.
Bloomington, MN
June 26, 2023

"We love our deck!!  Thank you Lindus Construction.  So appreciate you."

Sharon B.
Burnsville, MN
June 14, 2023
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