Tips for Building with Composite Plastic Decking on Your Houseboat
Composite plastic decking is so called because it is manufactured using a mixture of wood and plastic. This type of composite decking has some of the characteristics of wood and some of plastic. Most composite decking is created when wood is added to plastic resin. How these are mixed and in what ratios can affect the performance of the deck board, and every manufacturer has their own mix. The properties of the composite plastic decking vary with the mix and manufacturer, so be sure to know what you need and research to be sure that the version you choose will suit.
Know the Source and Amount
Not all composite plastic decking is the same. This type of material varies greatly by the amount of recycled plastics used in the composite and it also varies widely by the source of the non-plastic components used or the recovered wood. You will want to be aware that the plastics use different percentages of wood versus actual plastic. Never choose a composite for a houseboat that has a high percentage of wood in the production of the plastic product. The high percentage of would will promote mold and fungus and you will need to keep using an antifungal product to minimize these effects.
Choosing the Correct Surface
When choosing a composite plastic for a houseboat, make sure you choose a surface that will fit your needs. Some composite plastics are made as a rough surface and other plastics are made with a smooth surface. If you intend on walking along your composite plastic or using it as a decking material, you would be better to choose something that is slip resistant or has a nice texture to it.
Checking Support Performance
If using the composite plastic as part of your supporting material for your houseboat, you will need to check the support performance rating. This means that the product should be qualified as having at least 16 inches on-center spanning ability.
Is there UV (Ultraviolet) Protection
If you are looking to use a material that will weather and last, make sure you select a composite plastic material that has some type of UV protection. This will help to reduce weathering from the sun effects and ensure your deck lasts as long as possible.
Using Tongue and Groove
Using the composite plastic decking, it is best to choose something that has a tongue and groove design. These deck boards will lock together and will provide you with a greater overall strength. You will get a nice smooth surface without any warping.
Using Adhesives and Fasteners
When you put together your deck, make sure you use proper adhesives and fasteners. Follow the manufacturer’s directions of your composite plastics. This will help to avoid compromising the warranty supplied with the plastic composite decking.
Picking the Color
Last, but certainly not least, pick a color that is either coordinated or contrasted to the exterior of your boathouse. Pick something that will blend in nicely with the surroundings. Check your local municipality before you select the final color. Some municipalities require that you adhere to certain color selection standards.