Evaluating wood plastic composite decking

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The price point for wood plastic composite (WPC) decking is relatively high, placing it at the upper end of the decking market alongside hardwoods. The appeal is ease of maintenance.

However, a number of cases of poor performance have been reported to the Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA), although these appear to be limited to a particular type of 'cheaper' hollow form board. Installation errors were a feature in many cases, although product quality issues remain under question. Concern has also arisen about new deck boards being fitted over existing substructures which are often unsuitable for wood plastic composite.

Article from Timber 2016 Industry Yearbook

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