Why Composite Lumber May be a Good Fit For You - February 24th 2005
...And it's low on maintenance.
While regular decks made of cedar for example are beautiful to look at, they have a bad reputation for being high maintenance. It seems every year or two we are out there on our knees, sanding and re-staining. It is to say the least a hassle. If only there was an alternative.
Good news, there is an alternative. It's called "composite lumber", and is slowly taking over as the future of decking, fencing, and railings. Composite lumber is a wood like material that is made from recycled sawdust and plastic. Because of this unique make up, it is impervious to conditions that cause rot, splintering, and cracking. And as if that wasn't enough, it has turned all that hard maintenance into the simple task of spraying it with a hose.
With factories running 24/7 to keep up with demands, composite lumber is definitely picking up momentum. Infact, the demand for composite and plastic lumber in the North American residential construction market will expand by 15% every year through 2008.
Leading the way is the MoistureShield brand. MoistureShield decking and railing products are made from a unique combination of wood and plastic, giving you the best qualities of both materials. The plastic shields the wood from moisture and insect damage, so there's no rotting or splintering. The wood protects the plastic from UV damage. And because there is no need to spend hours staining or repairing, the enjoyment of the deck is truly timeless.
Alternative decking such as MoistureShield,currently have an 8-10% market share in the entire industry, and due to restrictions it may push that number due to a growing concern for the hazards posed by some chemically treated lumber.
In all, the past 15 years have proved that composite lumber has become more accepted as a legitimate replacement for cedar, and other premium deckings. And if trends continue, we may see the "alternative" become the standard.
For more info on Composite Lumber, visit MoistureShield