Outdoor decking offers a valuable exterior space for homeowners. It enables them to relax and rejuvenate while being in their own functional space.
To ensure that the floor of the deck remains serviceable and aesthetically pleasing, the right material must be used. There are several outdoor decking materials that can be considered such as composite decking, ironwood, pine, etc. However, the most commonly used material in Singapore are Chengal and WPC.
Let’s delve a little deeper into both types of outdoor decking materials.
Chengal Wood is a highly durable and sturdy material, sourced from a fully mature Chengal tree, a hardwood tree. Sometimes, young Chengal timber may be used, but this is not highly recommended. Younger Chengal trees have higher sugar or sap concentration, which renders them less durable than their older counterparts. Additionally, this could attract insects, causing defects.
There are many benefits to using Chengal Wood for outdoor decking:
Without a doubt, Chengal Wood is a commonly used material for outdoor decking in Singapore as it creates beautiful decking designs and rarely requires replacement. The quality of the wood will depend on its age or maturity before logging. The older the Chengal tree, the better the quality of wood.
Another reason why Chengal wood is highly sought after is because it’s capable of withstanding a range of weather conditions. From heat, humidity to rain, Chengal Wood is capable of enduring Singapore’s erratic weather conditions. The ability to adapt to different weather conditions is extremely important in tropical regions because rain and humidity are constant. Other decking materials would quickly deteriorate in such conditions. Some would also develop termites and rot. However, Chengal Wood is naturally termite resistant and won’t succumb to an insect invasion.
Unlike other decking materials, Chengal wood needs minimal maintenance. To clean this outdoor decking material, simply use a broom to remove the surface dust. Then, mix a mild quantity of detergent with water to mop the deck. Ensure that the mop is rinsed well before applying it onto the decking. This is to ensure that water puddles would not be left behind as you mop. In addition, it helps the deck dry faster.
It is not recommended to place heavy furniture on the surface of the deck as this compromises the integrity of the wood fibers.
Chengal Wood is a commonly used material for outdoor decking as it is naturally an anti-slip material, this makes it suitable for the small children and elderly at home. Secondly, Chengal Wood does not absorb too much heat and can be made comfortable for homeowners residing in Singapore.
WPC is an acronym for wood-plastic composites. It is an outdoor decking material made from thermoplastics; a combination of fibre or recycled wood flour and plastic. This material is becoming the leading choice for decking in Singapore due to the many benefits.
This material has minimal maintenance requirements. Unlike regular wood, there is no need for sealing, staining or varnishing. Regular cleaning methods may be used to clean up the deck.
WPC decks are made from plastic and wood which takes advantage of the strength of both materials. This type of deck has a longer lifespan compared to regular wood decking. Thermoplastic materials are strong by nature. Due to their low wood content, it becomes more resistant to corrosion, rotting, decay, termites and mildew.
WPC decking is slip-resistant, making it ideal for younger children and the elderly. WPC is also recommended as decking around pools.
WPC is a man-made material, making it cheaper to purchase and install. However, over a period, this material will offer more value for money. Homeowners can be assured that there there is minimum maintenance as WPC decking does not warp or crack. Therefore, there are not much cost incurred.
WPC is manufactured using recycled and renewed plastic materials and wood fibers. Most of the wood is sourced from recycled wood and plastic. By combining it with plastic, the wood is given a new life.
Since both Chengal Wood and WPC are excellent choices for outdoor decking, homeowners should choose accordingly to their needs.
For homeowners who are looking for luxury feel from real wood, they should select Chengal Wood for their outdoor decking!
For homeowners who are looking for a lower maintenance for their outdoor decking, WPC is an excellent choice!
Deciding to install an outdoor deck is not an easy feat. Other than careful consideration of the best material to use, it is important to engage a qualified installer.
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