Benefits of Artificial Decking/Fiber Cement Decking
Fiber cement is an incredibly versatile material that can be used for countless different applications. A lot people have already learned some of the benefits of using this material on their homes and buildings, but it also has a lot of benefits when used on porches and decks as well.
REALISTIC WOOD GRAIN
Fiber cement is made in a mold with real wood, which gives it a realistic-looking wood grain finish. While most composite decks also claim a wood-grain finish, the presence of plastic inside the material also means that the finished planks have a very distinctive plastic sheen to them, letting everyone know exactly what your deck is made of, before they even set foot on it. Fiber cement isn’t stamped and doesn’t contain plastics, so it looks more natural and more like real cedar wood. Unlike real wood, however, fiber cement doesn’t fade, peel, or chip so you can get the look of wood without the added maintenance that usually go hand in hand with decking.
You want your deck to be as unique as your home is, complementing it in style and design. Fiber cement planks come in a wide variety of different sizes, so you can use ultra-smooth, wide planks for a contemporary looking deck, or choose more traditional, rustic looking planks to complement a cabin. Because fiber cement can be painted or stained in more than 20 different colors, you can match your porch or deck to the rest of your home easily. After all, most people want their decking to complement their home; using fiber cement means that you’ll be easily able to match the grain, size, style, and color of the planks and trim on your home so you can get the look that you want for your deck.
You want your deck to last as long as you own your home, and fiber cement decking can provide this longevity. The boards themselves are extremely durable, resistant to insects, moisture, and UV rays. They’re also naturally flame resistant, so you can use your deck year round without needing to worry about putting on a protective coat of stain or sealant each year, checking areas for softening of wood or rot, or worrying about using your grill right on it.
Composite decking systems often use a complicated system of clips and fasteners to go on. This can really slow down the installation and make it more difficult to find someone to work on your deck. Fiber cement decking installs easily, and most carpenters or builders who have worked with wood decking will be able to make the switch to fiber cement quickly and easily, so your deck installation won’t be slowed down in the slightest.