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Composite Decking Guide

Everywhere To Use Wood-Plastic Composite—Indoors And Outdoors

Wood-plastic composite (WPC) is a perfect solution to many commercial and domestic needs. The drawback of purely timber decking and cladding is that it can be expensive, is susceptible to decay and will need to be replaced much more quickly than a material blended with more durable elements. If the word ‘plastic’ worries you, fear not: all of Composite Prime’s WPC products are made with 100 percent recycled plastic blended with FSC-certified hardwood flour. When you need durability, safety without compromising on aesthetic value or environmental credentials, look to trusted names like Composite Prime for WPC solutions that won’t let you down.

Let’s take a look at the many diverse applications for WPC:

Gardens
For cost-effective and low maintenance garden projects, like decking, paths, planters or raised beds, wood-plastic composite (WPC) is a no-brainer, especially if there are elements that place high demand on the area, such as water or heat sources, or play equipment. A wood-plastic composite decking, like the extensive range offered by Composite Prime, rises to any challenge the elements can throw at it.

Roofs and Balconies
Outdoor-facing materials don’t need to be ugly or compromising on functionality: roofs are an ideal place to install WPC as they must withstand the elements while keeping the building looking smart. Meanwhile, balconies, rooftop terraces or outdoor mezzanine levels would all benefit from the sophisticated yet practical benefits that WPC brings.

Schools and Colleges
Educational centres, like schools, nurseries and colleges, are often tasked with finding durable yet cost-effective materials that are easy to look after and will last as long as possible. When you have thousands of pairs of feet running across a floor every day, as well as industrial cleaning chemicals being sluiced about the place, you need a building material—like one of Composite Prime’s capped decking products—that will stay looking great and performing superbly for years to come. Choose WPC decking or cladding for grade-A results that will keep the governors happy.

Leisure
As health clubs, gyms, pools and spas increasingly become central to people’s routines, clients expect environments that make them want to return, day after day. WPC decking looks great alongside a hot tub or swimming pool, or used in changing rooms instead of wood, which is more susceptible to rotting in moist and high-traffic environments. Got plans to open a ski lodge or forest retreat? WPC cladding adds that luxurious rustic touch to the outside of the building without any loss of practicality.

Healthcare
Whether it’s an assisted living home or rehabilitation facility, there are plenty of environments where WPC materials complement the function of the building. Healthcare environments demand safe, cost-effective, non-toxic and low-maintenance materials that cause no extra headaches. By resisting mould and fungal growth, WPC cladding, decking and balustrades negate the health risk associated with airborne spores and lingering moisture. The material is durable and easy to clean and keep sterile, making it ideal for hospital gardens, terraces and other terraces.

Garden Rooms
Let the outside in and construct a garden room that incorporates the elements of nature into a living space. The problem is that plants, especially the hothouse kind found in many conservatories, require a humid environment, inviting mould and insects that feed off rotting matter. Instead of tiles, which can get slippery, and plain timber, which can get funky, choose WPC for a long-lasting material that looks great alongside nature.

Sheds and Modular Buildings
In the WFH (working from home) era, many people are converting existing outdoor buildings or creating new ones to act as an office. Whether it’s constructing a state-of-the-art garden office with all the mod cons, or refurbishing a former toolshed, WPC boards are great for walls and flooring and won’t get as mucky as natural elements, like wood or carpets, might over the years. Choose WPC as a tool that performs superlatively day-in, day-out.

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