Composite wood deck: what you need to know

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A composite wood deck : it is the guarantee for an exterior arranged in beauty with solid material, ecological and which does not require very little maintenance.

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In the following lines, we will give you ideas on how to invite composite wood in the layout of your terrace . Check out our gallery of 32 ideas for composite wood flooring and our practical tips.

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What is composite wood? Composite wood, decking in English or WPC ( composite plastic wood in English), is a material made of wood fibers and plastic resins. At the base, it represented only the substance of different exotic wood species. Today, composite wood is often used to clad and insulate building facades, landscaping terraces and swimming pools, exterior siding, as well as urban furniture and even interior design.

Composite wood terrace in brown color

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The manufacture of composite wood is done by extrusion or by injection molding from recycled materials in their majority. If we simplify, composite wood is made of wood waste (pine, spruce, poplar or maple) and polymer resins (polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene or polyethylene) and various additives (antioxidants, antimicrobials, antifungal agents and lubricants, etc. .). Sometimes, we also find plant fibers such as bamboo, hemp and others.

Elegance and resistance

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The wood composite is one of the best materials for outdoor landscaping because it is very resistant to weather, fungi, termites and foam does not adhere to it. Apart from this quality, it also has a beautiful finish and it fades only very little under the action of the sun's rays. You can choose from a wide range of colors. Its maintenance is easy: just sweep with soapy water once or twice a year. In addition, it can be recycled to infinity. Here are some good reasons to choose composite wood for flooring and landscaping your patio or garden.

Exterior furnishing and flooring ideas

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If you have decided to build your exterior with composite wood, it should be between 17 and 110 euros per m². For a natural look, it is advisable to opt for blades containing at least 50% of wood powder. Otherwise, your terrace will look "plastic". The low content of wood fibers lowers the quality and durability of the material. Prefer alveolar models. The most recognized brands are Fiberdeck, Silvadec, TimberTech, Wex.

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Composite wood was invented in 1975 by the Japanese Nishibori Sadao. Coming from a family of importers of exotic woods he wanted to find a more ecological alternative for the use of rare species of wood and thus preserve the large tropical forests. Today, in Japan, more than 60% of public furniture is made of this type of material.

Composite wood flooring with a beautiful glossy finish

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Composite wood is experiencing its first evolutions in the United States. In the 2000s, he soon arrived in Europe. Composite wood is particularly popular in the construction of swimming pools and landscaping Outside exposed to specific climatic conditions such as public areas. Often, we can see restaurant terraces, public benches, urban outdoor furniture made from this type of material.

Blades containing less than 50% wood powder have a "plastic" appearance

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Composite wood, made from recycled materials, has an important contribution to the preservation of tropical forests and the fight against massive deforestation. Aesthetic, durable and ecological, the composite wood is an ideal choice for the layout of your terrace, the flooring of your floor and even to decorate your home.

If your exterior is regularly exposed to bad weather, composite wood is a good solution

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For its installation, it is better to ask the intervention to a professional. If you have decided to put it yourself, be careful and avoid mistakes. You can watch the video below to see the steps to follow.

Exterior cladding with colored composite wood in gray

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Composite wood cladding in gray

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Composite wood consists of wood waste, polymer resins and various additives

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Composite wood blades

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Idea of ​​composite wood blades in dark brown

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Large garden terrace in gray

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Gray composite wood floor and garden bench

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Coating with an original finish

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Composite wood is often used for outdoor pools

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Staircase and exterior cladding in light colored composite wood

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The composite wood coating guarantees durability and stability

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Terrace by the sea

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White composite wood

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Composite wood is a practical and aesthetic solution

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Fine blades for an elegant exterior

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Outdoor floor covered with composite wood and with lighting

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Composite wood cladding with rustic look

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Light gray upholstery with matte finish

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Composite wood is very resistant to the sun

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Outdoor kitchen with composite wood cladding

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Exterior with wicker resin furniture and composite wood cladding

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Composite wood cladding manufactured by Trex

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