Weatherbest Decking

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Weatherbest is the trade name for a decking material made of composite wood and plastics. Its manufacturer offers this decking in either solid (SP) or hollow (EHP) designs. Though both designs are of the same quality, the main difference between them is that the hollow design is lighter weight and can be used with up to 24" on-center joists. Both types of decking can be used with hidden fasteners for a more uniform appearance.

Both SP and EHP decking have the realistic look of wood, and can be cut and fastened with nails or screws just like wood. Both are advertised as requiring minimal maintenance and not needing any applications of special sealants. Finally, both solid and hollow Trex decking planks are guaranteed to resist termites, warping, splintering, and surface checking. This guarantee is backed up with a 10-year manufacturer's warranty that can be transferred to the new owners if you sell your house.

Maintaining Weatherbest Decking

People used to make the mistake of thinking--and manufacturers used to perpetuate the myth--that wood composite decking is maintenance free. These days, however, any reputable composite decking material will be described as "low maintenance" rather than "no maintenance." There really is no decking material that is completely maintenance free.

Though composites don't require the special treatment of wood, they do recommend regular cleanings to avoid the buildup of mold and mildew. This is because mold and mildew, if left untreated, can eat away at the wood fibers in the decking. Besides, any deck should be cleaned regularly to keep it from looking dirty and neglected.

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