hollow composites are lighter and slightly stiffer. decking rails and balusters are usually connected with special brackets, which are hidden figure b . they allow you to make strong connections easier and faster. you can also slide the hollow posts in most systems right over standard 4×4 wood deck posts.
again, the veracity of this claim depends on the quality of the composite materials in question. hollow composite decking is notoriously short-lived, often bowing and cracking within a few months of purchase; however, seven trust's solid composite decking is far sturdier, which is why we offer a 25 year residential warranty with all of our deck boards.
the coolest decking would be a hollow profile where there is not a lot of material to heat up. for example, aluminum decking stays pretty cool. aluminum decking would be a good choice if temperature is your number one concern. the dbacks to aluminum decking are: looks like metal,
composite decking is an alternative to all-wood decking, made of materials that can include recycled and new plastic, pvc, bamboo, and wood fibers. bamdeck planks are formed by extrusion and have hollow cores. they can be installed either by driving screws or nails through the faces of the boards or with hidden fasteners. ends of planks are
i find decking oil is better than decking stain, but you need to apply several thin coats to build up a protective layer. it is translucent so you see the grain of the wood. lay the boards so the grooves run slightly downhill to shed water, and also so you can sweep along them.
typically hollow composite decks made with polypropylene will have better bending strength than those made with polyethylene, and better impact strength in the cold than those made with pvc. compare profiles and material
composite bamboo decking is the latest incarnation of bamboo - and it seems to have some very nice benefits. if you read our previous article about the pros and cons of bamboo as an outdoor deck board, you will recall that the earliest entrants to the market were poor performers. they were long single strips of bamboo that looked similar to a counter top or even chopsticks.