Toronto / Mississauga
Zebra Decks specializes in beautiful, custom-built composite decks. As a deck contractor, we use only the highest quality composite brands and design decks with durability in mind. We offer free estimates and provide affordable service.
In the cold Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area (GTA), deck maintenance poses a huge challenge for many homeowners. Extreme weather can cause deterioration of even the hardiest tropical hardwood deck, and regular refinishing is required to keep the wood in top shape. That’s why busy homeowners are increasingly turning to composite decks for a low-maintenance, long-lasting alternative to pressure treated or cedar wood. Composite decking is made from wood fibers wrapped in plastic, which adds both strength and protection from the elements. Although as a product it’s less than 25 years old, composite decking has quickly gained a significant share of the decking market
As consumer acceptance of composite decking has grown, many different manufacturers have sprung up to meet the demand. But the quality of lumber they produce can vary drastically. Here are some key areas in which composite deck brands can differ:
Sixteen advantages of composite decking
Over the past ten years, composite decks are gaining unprecedented popularity. The apparent reason for this is that Composite Decking has a lot of advantages compared to wood materials. Despite the relatively high cost, composite decking has an excellent combination of price and quality. Below we will talk about the main advantages of this magnificent material and why we recommend using it for your future deck project.
The composite material is covered with a plastic shell that looks like natural wood and does not need to be stained regularly.
Due to its synthetic origin, the composite board has natural protection against the harmful effects of insects.
The composite material from top brands has a 25-year limited residential fade & stain Warranty (if properly installed).
The durable plastic coating makes it easy to clean the deck without fear of damaging it with detergents.
A composite deck can be installed in wet places without fear of the deformation of the boards.
In the production of composite, 95% of recycled materials are used. Manufacturing is environmentally friendly.
Adhesives and the plastic base of the composite are not combustible materials. The plastic coating can only melt.
Unlike wood, splinters do not form on the composite. You can walk barefoot on the deck without fear of damaging your skin.
The new generation of composite boards is coated with a special plastic that prevents mold on the surface.
The outer plastic layer has a deep texture imitating natural wood. The surface of the decking is not slippery.
Durable modern pigments included in the composite decking plastic do not allow it to fade for many years.
Composite is a very durable material that can withstand a load of 500 pounds per square foot.
Whether you’re having a composite deck installed, it’s essential to understand what you’re buying. Because wood-plastic composites are relatively new construction material, many people aren’t sure what to look for. Here is some information you should know before purchasing a composite deck:
Most composite decks usually will come with some type of warranty. A 20- to the 25-year warranty on the materials is common. In more rare cases, a lifetime warranty may be available. Double check what problems are covered under the warranty, such as animal damage, discoloration, and cracking. You should also be aware of what types of actions can void your warranty.
Deck boards are typically fastened to the deck frame using nails or screws. This type of fasteners penetrates the plastic boards and can expose the wood components to moisture damage. It can also damage plastic around the fasteners. Alternatively, we offer a less invasive installation method that uses hidden deck brackets to fasten the boards to the frame. This not only eliminates the potential for damage from nails and screws, but it results in a more uniform deck surface. We will not charge an additional fee for using deck clips.
There are three types of plastic typically used in composite decking: PVC, polypropylene, and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE). Decks made out of recycled materials often contain HDPE, and polypropylene is sometimes included for additional strength. While virgin PVC is usually stronger than recycled plastic, it is more susceptible to weathering than HDPE and doesn’t have the same environmental benefits.
When exposed to sunlight, most composite decks will eventually fade. That’s because the sawdust in the composite material contains lignin, which contributes to fading. To combat this, manufacturers often include UV protectants in the decking material. The amount of protection added, and the amount of fading you can expect can vary between different brands.
Because composite decking can vary so much between brands, it’s a good idea to ask your contractor for specific care tips based on the type of deck you’re buying.