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What is Composite Decking?

Composite decking became main-stream in North America in the early 1990’s and is now a household name there today. There are many different raw materials that can be used to make up wood-plastic composite. The most common is recycled wood (pine or maple) and plastic resin (polyethylene or polypropylene). A reputable composite material should comply with building standards and all testing and reports should be carried out by a recognised organization. All composite decking should have UV inhibitor included as standard. (Make sure that lead has not been used in this process)    

BetterDeck has done extensive research over the years to source a composite product that can stand up to the volatile climate of Ireland and still hold its appearance year after year, with very little maintenance.  All we recommend is an annual cleaning of the deck- no sanding, staining or varnishing needed. The best advice that I can give to somebody looking to source a material for a deck project, is to do your own research on all materials you intend to use before you start your project. It’s very important to source the right material for exposure to the outdoor elements, as the lifespan of a lot of products will be greatly reduced in this situation. 

A. Mullen                              

www.betterdeck.ie

Launch of new products for 2009

We are excited with the introduction of our new PVC and Iron Fencing Systems. We feel that they will complement our existing low-maintenance product line while giving our customers value for quality products. 

We have four fencing systems to offer:  

  • Two-rail PVC ranch-fencing system
  • Three-rail PVC ranch-fencing system
  • PVC Privacy fencing system
  • Iron fencing system

All our fencing systems are designed to be installed by the DIY-er and come with 10-30 year warranties.                                       

 Derek White  BetterDeck

The importance of deck flashing.

Because of the damp climate in Ireland, even on a hot summer’s day, wet rot is still at work on the sub-structure of your deck, due to the moisture that is trapped between the deck boards and sub-frame. In addition to this, the quality of pressure-treated wood in Ireland is inferior to that in other countries, as the ACQ chemical used to preserve the timber is only a coating and does not penetrate to its centre. Deck flashing is the process of protecting the sub-structure of your deck using a water-proof membrane.  I recommend a self-adhesive rubber membrane applied to the tops of the joists before fitting the deck boards. This will add a minimum of 10 years to the life of your sub-structure, yet at present this procedure is seldom used in Ireland. On an average-sized deck (12’x16’) the cost of deck-flashing would be an extra €100. Remember that your flashing must be self-sealing (reseals itself when penetrated by screws) and that is why we recommend rubber. DPC or plastic will not self-seal. If you have spent time and effort researching a quality decking product, it would be a shame not to give some thought to protecting the sub-frame beneath it.

A.Mullen BetterDeck