Published by Bayou City Lumber on March 15, 2016
A backyard deck is a great place for entertaining friends and family, provides a nice area to relax during warm weather, and is perfect for preparing a meal on the grill or in an outdoor kitchen when it is too hot indoors to use the stove or the oven. It can add value to your home, as well as beautify it, and for the price, it is a great return on your investment.
Most decks today are built with treated wood products, which have serious drawbacks when it comes to maintenance and longevity. They must be stripped and resealed periodically, the wood can crack, warp or splinter, and they can fade over time through exposure to ultraviolet light.
Fiberon decking, on the other hand, is made from composite materials that have a much longer lifespan than wood and requires very little maintenance over time.
Here are a few of the features that make Fiberon decking a great choice for your next project:
#1 It Looks Like Natural Wood
Fiberon decking uses a unique manufacturing process that perfectly mimics the look of natural and exotic hardwoods, from the shape and size of the boards, all the way down to the unique, natural-looking grain patterns, colors, and tones present in natural products. Unlike other composites, the grain patterns are not obviously repetitive, and there are natural variances in the colors and the tones across individual boards, and from one board to the next. Fiberon decking has a natural look and feel that makes it look as good or better than both natural wood products and other composite decking products.
#2 Variety of Colors and Finishes
There are six different varieties of Fiberon decking, each featuring a different style of surface finish and several distinct colors. These include the Horizon Symmetry Collection, the standard Horizon line, and the Paramount PVC, PorTect Advantage, Sanctuary and Good Life Lines. In total, there are 22 unique colors to choose from, and each line offers unique features with some of the best warranties in the industry.
#3 Full Warranty
Fiberon offers some of the longest warranties in the industry. For residential use, the ProTect Advantage, Sanctuary, and Good Life series of composite decking products offer a limited warranty of 25 years, which protects against splintering, checking, delamination, rot and fungal decay. It also ensures that the finish does not stain or fade for 25 years. For the Horizon and Paramount PVC series, Fiberon offers a limited lifetime warranty against checking, splintering, delamination, rot and fungal decay. For commercial purposes, the warranty is reduced to 10 years in each case, and the finish is not warrantied. These warranties ensure that your deck will last far longer than one built with natural wood products, and longer than decks built with most other composite products. Fiberon offers some of the longest and most complete warranties in the business.
#4 Low Maintenance
Natural wood requires continual resealing and is prone to splintering, cracking, rot and fungal decay. Fiberon decking does not require periodic resealing, and thanks to its composite nature, it is resistant to the elements, including water, ultraviolet light, insects and fungal decay. It requires only an occasional cleaning with soap and water to keep it looking good, and it will save hundreds or thousands of dollars in maintenance costs over its lifespan compared to wood or other similar products.
#5 Increased Safety
Natural wood and some other composites can suffer from splintering, cracking, rot, decay, and other structural problems. Fiberon decking is immune to structural issues such as rotting or fungal decay, and it will not crack or warp like natural wood, making it much stronger and more structurally sound. Its surface also will not splinter, leading to injuries and possible infections, and it does not use any harsh or poisonous chemicals during the manufacturing process. Overall, Fiberon decking is safer for your family than natural wood products and many composite alternatives.
#6 Environmentally Friendly
Natural wood and some composites can contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to the environment, such as arsenic-based compounds, and they contain materials that are not very sustainable. Fiberon decking is made from locally-sourced recycled materials, including both pre-consumer and post-consumer content. It is made primarily from lumber mill wood scraps and recycled plastic, and the manufacture of Fiberon decking prevents over 60,000 tons a year of wood and plastics from going into the waste stream. The special manufacturing process that Fiberon uses produces no waste water and over 98 percent of waste materials are reused. This makes Fiberon decking a very environmentally-friendly product, and it helps buildings that use the product to qualify for LEED and other green building certifications.
#7 Made in the United States
Products manufactured in the United States help stimulate both the local and national economy, and produce much-needed jobs on the local level. Fiberon has been manufacturing composite decking and sourcing the materials in the United States since 1997. It has two manufacturing facilities, one in Idaho and one in North Carolina, and it sells its products both locally and globally. Its facilities create local jobs serving Idaho and North Carolina residents, and they help to stimulate the local economy in those areas.
#8 Full Product Support
Fiberon offers a wide array of product support to its customers and contractors. It features a selection of online tools that help you to design the perfect deck, select the right materials, colors, and product lines for the job, and to find a local contractor who is dependable and familiar with Fiberon decking products. They also offer customer support by phone during business hours, and through email. And with their industry-leading warranties, they stand behind the products they produce.
With all of these great features, it is easy to see why Fiberon decking is a great alternative to traditional materials like treated wood, or other composite materials. In addition to a wide variety of composite decking products, Fiberon also offers a range of accessories to go with them, including deck and railing lighting, fencing, railings, fasteners and other products.