Category Archives: Composite Decking Reviews

Can Composite Decking be Recycled?

For years the decking industry has gone back and forth as to what is a “green” decking option and what isn’t. In an industry where everyone boasts their product is the best, how are we supposed to make an educated decision when buying a new deck? Some composite decking does use recycled materials, but does that mean the boards themselves can be recycled? The majority of the time the answer will be no. Our findings suggest that the composite deck boards that can’t be recycled are made from wood and plastic fibers which are combined using bonding agents that deter any machine from separating them.

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Advantage Ipe™ Can Withstand HOW Much Weight?!

On this episode of DeckBusters™, Mike and Emily test Advantage Ipe™ against today’s modern decking options (capstock composite and PVC).

You might be surprised to see the results. Then again, if you know anything about the rugged, natural durability of exotic hardwoods, you probably won’t be too shocked. But, how do the latest plastic options hold up under the weight of a two-ton mid-sized SUV?  Check out this bending strength test to find out!

Watch the Premiere Episode of DeckBusters™ – Decking Vs. Axe

DeckBusters™ is finally here! Click to watch various decking materials get put to extremely high impact testing. We’ve said that Advantage Ipe™ is tough…but how tough? Click below to watch the surprising results! (Every board we tested was one-inch thick (5/4×6).

Should You Repair Your Dock with Composite Decking?

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Swelling. Peeling. Mold. Those are three of the problems dock owners struggle with on a daily basis.

Do you have to repair your dock and are considering composite decking? Doing your research into what makes the best material for docks is no easy task. Sure, you can find written decking reviews all over the place. You’ll also be flooded with claims that synthetic decking is low-maintenance. But, as with most things, the proof comes from how these materials actually perform over the long term.

Check out these photos to see what you can expect from a dock made of composite decking.

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There’s one common denominator in all of three of the docks you see in that gallery: water. The every day exposure to moisture is a major contributing factor to the swelling, peeling, and overall failure of composite deck boards used for docks. What about the new types of capstock decking options in the market today? One thing is for sure, the science cannot be ignored. If any part of these boards are exposed (such as the ends of the boards or any screwed down surfaces), problems like mold are bound to happen.

At the end of the day, choosing a proven hardwood like Advantage Ipe™ is your best bet. There’s a reason why cities and architects across the world choose Ipe for marine applications, boardwalks, and other projects. Call us today to see why repairing your dock with hardwood decking from AdvantageLumber.com is a safe, and solid choice.

USS Constellation in Baltimore Uses Ipe Decking

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During our visit to Baltimore for the 2012 DeckExpo, some of our employees visited the historic USS Constellation. While they were learning about the history of this vessel and its role in United States history, they also noticed that the interior walkways of the ship were made of Ipe. Inside this historic ship which had such a vital military role in the shaping our nation, Ipe decking was chosen to be the material that supports people during their visit. Take a look at the slideshow below to see how pristine the wood looks despite being used in such a high traffic area.

In this same slideshow you’ll also see an example of how Cumaru wood is used for a marine siding application. This beautiful Brazilian hardwood was used to wrap around the Inner Harbor Cruises ticket booth. Take note of how evenly and smoothly the wood is weathering despite the fact that it’s surrounded by salty water and air.

Last but not least, we have another example of how composite decking reacts when used for commercial projects. It you inspect closely, you’ll discover how this plastic decking is failing under the sun and everyday use. Imagine what it will look like in just a few years!

If you’d like to learn more about how Advantage Ipe™ and Advantage Cumaru™ will work for your commercial or marine project, give us a call 1-877-232-3915 and take advantage of our Fall Decking Sale.

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Composite Deck Problems in Florida

Composite deck in Florida with mold spread all over the decking.

I was walking to my doctor’s appointment when I came across a walkway made of composite decking. The deck boards looked like new…but as you can see, the deck was plagued with these dark grey spots. As I was taking pictures, two women passed me. I overheard one ask, “What the heck is THAT?”
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