Wood Plastic Composite Decking TEXTURES AND FINISHES

When we refer to a WPC decking's texture, we're usually referring to the amount of grain or "texture" a particular WPC decking has. Some WPC deckings such as oak and pine, have a lot of grain, so have a rougher feel or texture than other WPC deckings such as maple, which tends to have less grain and a smoother finish.

Different types of finish coatings that are applied to the WPC decking will also tend to change the texture. For example, a heavy polyurethane finish coating will have a smoother texture than a wax finish might.

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The texture of a wood plastic composite decking should be taken into consideration when planning your decorating scheme. As we discussed when we talked about species, the type of WPC decking you choose will generally determine the finished look you will get. A rougher or grainier texture will produce a more rustic casual look where a smoother texture will give you a more formal look.

FINISHES

We will talk briefly aboutwood plastic composite decking finishes. In most cases, if you are purchasing a WPC decking that has to be sanded, stained, and finished, you are going to have it done by a professional. If that is the case, the installation professional can help guide you in the right direction as far as what type of finish will be correct for your application. If you are buying pre-finished wood plastic composite decking, in most cases the price will dictate the quality.

In addition, we can help explain the different pre-finished decks to you so you can make your decision. The most common finish coat used today is a "urethane" coating. Urethane coatings are available in a variety of looks including a high gloss, semi-gloss, satin and a matte finish. They are all highly durable and resistant to spills.

Urethane coatings are available in different forms. The four most common forms are:

  1. The water based urethane, which dries as moisture evaporates. It is usually more expensive, non-yellowing, has less odor than some of the others, and dries very quickly
  2. A solvent based moisture cure urethane, available in both non-yellowing and amber types, with a very harsh odor.
  3. Acid cure urethane. This is fast drying, clear and non-yellowing, and has an extremely strong odor.
  4. The oil modified urethane. This is the most common. It is fairly simple to apply, not generally expensive, will dry in an acceptable amount of time, usually eight to ten hours, and will amber with age.

There are also penetrating stain and wax, and standard wax finishes. These finishes are not available in a gloss finish, require more ongoing maintenance, and generally require additional costs over time as a protective measure.

Wax finishes are usually less expensive and easier to apply. As we mentioned previously and we will stress again, unless you have a good amount of experience with these types of materials, we highly recommend that you have a professional installer to apply whatever you choose. The materials can be dangerous and if they are not applied properly, you can end up with a very disappointing Deck.

Are you at all confused yet? Well doesn't worry. We are always here to help. Although there is a wealth of information about these products, there is always an expert at the other end of the of the telephone, willing to help you make sense of it all.

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