If natural wood is a great material for making a contemporary terrace, it does however have some drawbacks. The solution ? Composite wood, a material with a lasting "wood effect".
A natural wooden terrace: a material that maintains itself
The wood is naturally beautiful and noble but it requires regular maintenance. Every year, you must thoroughly clean your wooden deck to remove mosses and lichens that make the deck slippery. It is also necessary to apply once or twice a year an oil to nourish the wood to prevent it from taking a gray color over time.
Composite wood on the terrace: a material that looks like wood
Composite wood is made from wood particles bound by a resin (polyethylene, polypropylene or PVC). Thus, the visual rendering is close to real wood, although the touch is slightly different, more "resinous". We find in the trade of composite woods with a very varied appearance, which imitate different types of wood among the most common.
Composite wood: a maintenance-free material
No need to apply a layer of oil, to treat, to thoroughly clean a composite wooden deck. A brush is enough. And for a heavy cleaning from time to time, the composite wood deck is washed with bleach or a high-pressure cleaner. Lichens, mosses, parasites and fungi do not develop on composite wood. Insects do not attack it. Its color does not change with the weather. Its appearance remains the same over the years. It is splinter-free and non-slip. Another advantage: composite wood is lighter than natural wood, which facilitates its implementation. Small drawback: because of the resin it contains, it heats up a bit in the sun.
Long life with composite wood
Since composite wood does not deteriorate over time, it lasts at least as long or more than natural wood. However, be careful to choose a quality product, second or third generation, or else "foamed" blades. Their appearance is much closer to that of real wood. Opt at all costs for clip-on blades and not to screw because they could split.
Budget wood composite
High-quality composite wood (26 mm thick, a single species of wood fiber, minimum 10-year guarantee, NF Bois Composite label) costs roughly the same as high-quality exotic wood, in ipe or in teak, for example. To give a wide range, it takes between 45 and 90 € per m². Less maintenance constraints!