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How composite decking boards are made

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Understanding the Manufacturing Process of Composite Decking Boards

Composite decking boards are manmade creations that blend wood fibres, plastics, and bonding agents to create a decking product that demands less upkeep, boasts a stylish and genuine aesthetic, and retains its appearance for an impressively long time.

The growing popularity of composite decking can be attributed to its customizable stunning looks and lower maintenance requirements compared to traditional decking. The inclusion of plastic in the mix results in a robust product that is less susceptible to warping or cracking. Additionally, they are free from splinters, long-lived, and resistant to rot, staining, fading, and pests.

Traditional composite decking utilizes a variety of wood sources, such as sawdust, wood chips, and wood fibre pieces. The plastic components may be new or recycled, making this type of decking an eco-friendly option for deck building. Traditional manufacturers, use a patented composite decking design that blends reclaimed timber and a combination of used and virgin HDPE. The remaining materials consist of colour additives of your choice, and their ASA board is made of cellular PVC and dual-capped ASA. Their Bal Boards range even includes fire-retardant composites for increased safety against heat and flames.

Composite decking falls into two main categories: capped and uncapped. Capped decking composite boards have a wood-plastic core and a layer of textured plastic around the board, leaving the bottom side exposed for breathability and expansion in damp conditions. Uncapped decking is an older style of composite decking and typically necessitates more maintenance. Your consultant will assist you in determining the best type of composite decking for your site, weather conditions, and lifestyle.

The Green Shield Difference in Composite Decking Manufacturing

At Green Shield, we take a different approach to create our composite decking boards. We take pride in the fact that we use NO wood or wood fillers in our production process. Instead, we use a proprietary blend of rice hulls. Our boards are proudly manufactured in North America by TruNorth Decking.

By eliminating the use of wood, we have created a product that outperforms traditional composite decking. Wood naturally decomposes over time, which can affect the longevity and performance of a decking board. By contrast, our boards are more durable and reliable.

Our unique manufacturing method also ensures that our boards are resistant to the common issues associated with traditional decking. They are rot-proof, resistant to stains, and do not fade or succumb to insect damage. Plus, we are so confident in the quality of our product that we offer a lifetime guarantee. Choose Green Shield for a sustainable, durable, and stylish decking solution.

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