We also highlight a recently completed life cycle analysis. (LCA) and comparison of WPC decking and western red cedar decking. The recent third-party. LCA study considered a number of environmental performance measures. Background. Early plastic lumber products lacked adequate structural stiffness
Some manufacturers have had some success with the longevity of their products. With this type of material price is a contributing factor. In this instance the phrase, "You get what you pay for" may be very important. If you are considering using a composite decking material, do your research. Ask people that
Exotic hardwoods are very expensive, and their deck life span is much longer; however, exotic rich colored hardwoods require a great deal of preservation to not turn gray and are often very difficult to maintain. The cost of composite decking materials falls in the middle. The upfront cost may seem a bit
Homes in recent years, built with plastic sheeting behind the sheetrock and building paper of some sort behind the siding, really don't allow much air to move inside a wall or behind siding. While you have improved the insulating value of the wall you have greatly reduced its potential to dry out once wet; wet wood leads to
The possibility of using additives in WPC is one reason why these composites are often promoted to be comparable or even better than solid wood deckings. However, the additives in synthesized products and plastics are problematic for human health and the environment along the entire life cycle (Thompson et al., 2009).
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