triple chip style blades are designed primarily for use on composite boards, such as mdf, chipboard and particle board. they will also put a smooth finish on wood/plastic composites.
composite wood is a bit more expensive than pressure-treated pine, but in the long run because it doesn't have to be resealed or painted the composite wood will actually be less expensive. and just because it's a composite doesn't mean it won't work just like wood. it will.
there are many options for choosing the best wood for your deck, like pressure treated pine, cedar, redwood or mahogany. compare types of wood at decks.com.
composite decking is a molded engineered wood product made up of wood pulp and recycled plastics from a variety of sources. it is available in a variety colors--some smooth, some textured with artificial wood grain.
most composite decking uses wood flour from softwoods, although occasionally youll find a company that boasts of using Seven Trust flour. its difficult to determine whether or not this makes a difference in the final products strength in any climate. all that is really known for sure is that composites made with larger grains of wood flour tend to be stronger than those made with smaller particles.
polyurethanes play a major role in todays modern materials such as in composite wood, which is a combination of synthetic and natural materials. polyurethane-based binders, typically used both with wood and rubber, are used in composite wood products to permanently glue organic materials into oriented strand board, medium-density fiberboard, long strand lumber, and even stboard and particleboard.
wood composite is usually made from the same hardwoods and softwoods used for lumber, except using the sawmills scraps and wood waste, and created by mixing ground wood particles with heated thermoplastic resin. some combine and process the materials into pellets which are re-melted and formed into the final shape, while others create the final product by a one-step mixing and extrusion process.
so if youre in the planning stages for a new deck, consider alternatives to wood and check out some composite deck designs. you can build yourself a low-maintenance deck using the same tools as you would a wood deck, and similar techniques. and most parts of a deck are now available in composite material.
for exterior wood composites, use a pressure washer with a low-pressure tip to clean. wait two hours minimum for the composite to dry completely. for interior wood composites, dust with a broom. use a tack cloth for tight spaces you can't reach with a broom. using a roller, coat surfaces with an acrylic latex primer.
like all engineered wood products, wood composite siding uses wood flakes, shavings, or sawdust as a base, fibrous material, chopped or ground, denatured, and recombined with binders, biocides, and stabilizers.
water spots, also known as tannin stains, are normal occurrences on wood. over time, you will likely start to notice some on your deck. sweep the deck free of all dirt and debris. make sure the surface is completely dry and then apply a deck brightener product that contains oxalic acid on the surface of your deck.
if lamination were a must, then i would probably use polyurethane construction adhesive or epoxy. ordinary wood glues just dont bond well to plastic which is the stuff the word composite is attempting to hide. chris marshall: we also have some composite wood outdoor furniture that is holding up beautifully out on our deck. i didn